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1- How big is the wound?
2- Is he licking the wound?
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If it is hard to see it is small enough that it should heal as an open wound with ease. This is what you can do:
1- Need to stop him from licking or he is going to delay healing and promote an infection. Pick up an E-collar (cone) in your local pet store to stop him from licking/gnawing the affected area.
2- Pick up in your local pharmacy "Hibiclens" antimicrobial soap or chlorhexiderm scrub. Dilute 1-2 tablespoon for every cup of water. Use this mixture to flush the wound 2-3 times a day. For tonight you can flush with plain warm water.
3- After flushing affected area as above apply a topical antibiotic like neosporin or bacitracin. Do this 2-3 times a day for the next 7-10 days.
4- If no significant improvement after doing the above in 2-3 days follow up with your family veterinarian for a hands-on examination.My goal is to provide you with excellent service - I hope I've provided the information you were seeking, if you feel you have received anything less, please reply back as I am happy to address follow-up questions. Kindly rate me when you are done.Dr. Peter
Don't use salt it can be very irritating to an open wound. Just flush with plain warm water. Let the warm water run on the wound for a few minutes. Then, dry and apply the topical antibiotic. Flushing with water is wonderful to keep the wound clean and help heal sooner.
It is not a problem; likely was cut short and nail may take a little longer to grow back.
Unfortunately, there is nothing that you can do if the nail is not growing, I am sorry.