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My dogs dew claw broke and was bleeding two days ago. We

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My dogs dew claw broke and was bleeding two days ago. We have been wrapping it daily and putting Neosporin on it to prevent infection. She doesn't seem to be in pain at all. She is not limping and is continuing to play with our other dog. How worried should I be? Should I just monitor for infection or should I take her the vet?
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 11 months ago.

Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today!

I am sorry to hear about Bailey's dewclaw! You did a great job in keeping her away from it by wrapping it. My question is whether the dewclaw is still attached or did she tear the nail off? If the nail is still attached I do advise a veterinary exam to pull the nail which can be painful and should not be attempted at home.

If the dewclaw is gone then keeping her quiet, maintaining a dry and sanitary environment while it heals should be just fine. But if there is any swelling, discharge, or it is not healing I would strongly advise a veterinary exam

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Customer: replied 11 months ago.
It's still on. The top of the nail is still attached with the bottom exposing what looks like the nerve.
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
But she doesn't look like she's in any real pain and I don't see any pus or smell that would indicate infection
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
She also hasn't been licking at it from what we've seen
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 11 months ago.

That is the pulp so yes I would advise a veterinary exam to have that pulled, assessed, and whether anti inflammatories or antibiotics are warranted...

I would not leave this even if she seems not to be painful and would advise having it pulled

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Alright will do. Thank you
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 11 months ago.

You are very welcome and best of luck to you both

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Customer: replied 11 months ago.
One more thing. How much does removing a few claw normally cost? What is a fair price?
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 11 months ago.

It really does depend on where you live and whether medications are needed. It should be <$100

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Alright that's not bad. Was thinking it was going to be 500 or something
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 11 months ago.

Unless there is fracture or something unexpected it really should not be. You can definitely request minimal treatment

Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 11 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 11 months ago.
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Bailey. How is everything going?
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