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Dr. Gary, Dog Veterinarian
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Experience:  DVM, Emergency Veterinarian, BS (Physiology)
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My small dog has over grown nails and at the moment he can

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my small dog has over grown nails and at the moment he can not walk on his left front paw and his whole body is shaking and very quiet and growling when he is approached. I've tried to find an after hours vet to take him with no success.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Have you looked to see if there is a wound on their foot?
Customer: I'm not sure but I think he has hurt the nail bed and he won't let us touch him.
JA: What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Jedi around 4 or 5 and he is a ***** ***** long hair
JA: How old is Russell?
Customer: his name is ***** ***** he is 5 and is a ***** ***** long hair
JA: Is there anything else the veterinarian should be aware of about Jedi?
Customer: He does have something else wrong and I'm just trying to find out
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 10 months ago.

Hello, I'm Dr Gary. I've been practicing veterinary medicine since 2007. I look forward to helping with your questions/ concerns.

Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 10 months ago.

It sounds like he may have broke one of the nails. These can be painful and make dogs quite reactive. The treatment is sedating and trimming all the nails back. A broken nail may need to be removed from the base of the nail.

If you want to give something at home to take the edge off while you wait for your vet to open, you can give over the counter Benadryl. The dose in dogs is 1-2 mg per lb body weight. It can be given up to every 6 hours.

I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions.