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my pug has an toenail that has grown into her paw - it is swollen

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my pug has an toenail that has grown into her paw - it is swollen and red. It is Sunda. Can I wait to take her to my vet tomorrow or is it considered an emergency?
Welcome to JustAnswer! I would be happy to assist you. I am a 2003 graduate from UC Davis and a Medical Director of a veterinarian practice.

Well, I hate to say wait! I do not doubt it is infected and quite painful.
But, is it an emergency? No

The vet will likely need to trim the nail, remove the ingrown part, clean the wound, prescribe some oral antibiotics, a topical medication, and something for inflammation/pain.

Sorry to hear about the injury. I would not try to put anything on it, as that will likely make Penny want to lick or chew it.

I am reluctant to suggest giving any aspirin, as it may interfere with what the vet may want to give. If you decide to:

The only over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory I recommend in dogs (NOT CATS) is aspirin. Due to potential toxicity issues if not dosed correctly, many veterinarians do not consider Tylenol, Ibuprofen (Advil), and Aleve safe.
You can give 10mg per pound of body weight up to every 12 hours. Just remember, there are different pill sizes for aspirin, so look to see if it is regular strength or maximum strength.
Aspirin can be upsetting to the stomach, so discontinue if any digestive upset and definitely consult a vet if not helpful. Sometimes giving some Pepcid A.C. antacid 1 hour before hand can be helpful.
Pepcid A.C. (famotidine) comes in 10mg, 20mg, or 40mg tablets.
You can give it every 12 hours. You can give 0.5mg per pound of body weight. So, a 20 pound dog would get 10mg.

***Do not give aspirin or any other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication if your pet is already on prednisone or any other anti-inflammatory medication***
Severe stomach and intestinal ulcers can result from giving a pet aspirin, tylenol or ibuprofen when they are also on medications like Rimadyl, Deramaxx, Prednisone, Metecam, Zubrin, and Previcox***

Hope that info helps
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If you can gently protect it...absolutely. Licking is very bad. It exacerbates the inflammation.
Anything to protect it, including a quick visit to petstore to by a cone head.

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