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how can i remove an overgrown dew claw that has pierced the skin

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Submitted: 10 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  NancyH replied 10 years ago.
The best way I have found to do this is with the wire cutter types of nail scissors for pets (or in a pinch actual wire cutters).
You cut the nail partway up the circle, but closer to the skin where the tip is than the spot the dew claw attaches normally, and then pull the now loose lower piece out of the dog's leg. Then file the remaining nail back more to shorten it. Use some neosporin or triple antibiotic ointment on the spot the nail was irritating the skin.
Hope this helps you!