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My dog has lost a claw while out walking today. I have when

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My dog has lost a claw while out walking today. I have when his paw but he will not let me get ear thr 'hole'. I am no sure whether he would tolerate my attempts to bandage it . As its Sat afternoon hee should I call the emergency vet or watch until Monday andthen take to the vet
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 7 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 7 months ago.

The most important thing is to not allow licking. This is critical as the mouth is full of bacteria and will introduce an infection where there is none

Next, it will depend on whether there is active bleeding. It sounds like there is no active bleeding so simply try to put a sock on the foot to prevent further licking as well and injury to the nail. As long as it is not actively bleeding and you are able to place a sock on the foot you should be alright until Monday when your veterinarian can see you both.

You can also give benadryl 1 mg per pound every 6-8 hours to help with the itchiness and desire to lick and allow resting comfortably and potentially allow Badger to put the sock on the foot. If you are unable to place even a sock then yes I would advise finding another veterinary clinic or a veterinary er to place a bandage and minimize licking and risks of infection.

If you have any remaining pain medications from any previous surgeries that would be alright to give to help with pain. I would not advise anything over the counter because it will interact with what your veterinarian might dispense for pain

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 7 months ago.

I am glad to see you were able to view my responses earlier, how is Badger's foot? Is he tolerating a sock on the foot? I would love an update when you are able...

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance to you both today

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 7 months ago.
Hi Stephanie,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Badger. How is everything going?

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