My name is XXXXX XXXXX X have been a Vet Tech for 30+ years. I would love to assist you with Buddy. I understand the nail is broken, but can you see any part of the nail remaing on the toe?
What have you been using to clean it and treat it?
Is he able to put the foot down at all?
Is he on any medications other than Heart worm preventative?
You can use a little Betadine solution that is diluted with some water to clean the area and then follow up with some Neosporin with Pain relief, to help with the pain. You can use a child's bootie or sock over the foot to keep the area clean. You can clean and reapply the Neosporin 3-4 times a day. If he seems very painful and is not on any medications you can give 5-10 mgs of plain aspirin per pound of body weight to help with the pain this can be given twice a day, but no longer than two days. You can read about using Aspirin here: http://www.petplace.com/drug-library/acetylsalicylic-acid-aspirin/page1.aspx Make sure you follow up with your Vet asap and let him know if you do give the aspirin, this is important so there will be a problem or contraindication if pain medication is needed. I do suggest you watch for swelling and redness which can indicate an infection. If that does happen, please get Buddy in sooner rather than later to the Vet. Please let me know if you have further questions and I will be happy to continue with you. My goal today is to give you 100% excellent service. Joan