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Her back nail split and has a little dried blood on it. it…

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Her back nail split...

Her back nail split and has a little dried blood on it. it hurts her when i touch it, but otherwise she acts normal

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. The Expert will know what to do about this bleeding. I'll connect you ASAP. Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about the cat?

I dont think so

Submitted: 7 months ago.Category: Cat Veterinary
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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Sara, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago
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Hi this is Dr. Sara. So there are a couple ways to deal with this. Some veterinarians will sedate the patient and trim the nail back really short. I only do this is the nail is bleeding and in danger of getting caught on something and torn off further. If the nail is broken but still in place, I give some pain medication and wait for it to grow out and keep up with regular nail trims. Is the nail loose, or pointing in a different direction?

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
it is not loose. nor pointing in a different direction. i just took another look now and it seems as if the top and central part of the nail has fallen off.
Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Sara, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

Ok, well that makes it even easier to deal with. I would just leave it alone and give some meds for pain. Since you are looking at it, does that seem reasonable? You can send me a pic if you can.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
what kind of meds? it does seem reasonable. i can try to take a pic of it, but when i did just look i got a claw in the head.
Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Sara, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

woops :) Thats alright, I really think it will be fine. What does she weigh?

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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Sara, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

Do you have any Rimadyl or other NSAID at home?

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
i have some goody's powder (nsaid)
Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Sara, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

Hm, I don't know what that is. I would do something oral. What does she weigh?

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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Sara, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

I wouldn't put anything on the nail, that could lead to infection.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
goody's powder is NSAID, but in powder form instead of a pill to be taken orally. she weights roughly 5-7 pounds at the most
Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Sara, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

She could have 1/2 of a 81mg aspirin. What is the main ingredient in goody's powder?

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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Sara, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

Once daily

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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Sara, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

I just looked it up, the mg of NSAID is much too high for her.

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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Sara, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

Hi are you still there?

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
main ingredients. acetaminophen, aspirin, and caffeiene
Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Sara, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

that is the extra strength. Too much for a little peanut.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
ok. well she only seems to be in pain when i try to expose the one nail
Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Sara, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

I am sure it is sensitive but only painful if it is touched. You can do the aspirin dose for a couple days in case she bumps it or something else rubs over it. You don't have to do it

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
you say the nail will just grow back on its own and should be no issue?
she has a habit of biting her nails often. i have read that this is a common grooming habit. is this correct?
Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Sara, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

Yes the nail will grow back and yes it is common that some dogs chew their own nails. All normal.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
cats you mean?
Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Sara, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

OMG, I am so sorry, I thought you were telling me about your dog.

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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Sara, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

She can still have the aspirin but 1/4 the pill. I am terribly sorry. I don't know why I thought it was a dog.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
ok np
Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Sara, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

Thank you for being understanding, I truly have never done that before.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
I looked back and I didn't even say cat once. It said cat on the site and asked me about my cat and I responded "she".
Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Sara, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

You are very understanding. I should have asked. I am sorry.

Thank you again.

Dr. S

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