Aa
A
A
A
Close
Dogs Community
10.4k Members
Avatar universal

How do I treat my dogs ingrown toenail?

Hello, I feel so guilty for this but i have a pug who regularly goes on walks so naturally her nails are kept at an good length from the pavement, i realized a couple of days ago her inside nail (the dogs thumb) is actually long and curls over, i took note of this and I was planning on booking her into a groomers within the next week or so. I have now noticed that its starting to go into her pad and its swollen, it wasnt like this yesterday so it's not horrifically bad but I am a student nurse and at this specific time i cannot afford the initial fees (she is insured, but you have to actually pay the money before you claim it back after £100). Is there a way i can treat this at home? I have tried and she just kicks out and makes it impossible. Does anyone know the possible cost of rectifying this situation at a vet? or simply how do i safely restrain my dog so i can clip her nail without  having to go to the vet and put myself in even more debt.

Thank you.
1 Responses
675347 tn?1365460645
COMMUNITY LEADER
The ideal way to do this would be to take her to a vet as soon as you can when they open, and get them to cut this nail out. If it has gone into the pad....and you say this only happened a day or so ago?...then I guess it hasn't had much time to grow in there. But it is obviously causing great irritation and as you mention, the pad is starting to swell.

It shouldn't cost very much, if the case is simple, with no other complications such as infection. If that were the case then it would also involve at least a course of antibiotics, and possibly wound drainage, dressing, check up afterwards...etc. That will cost more.
But of course, even if all they do is clip the nail they will probably (rightly) give you a bottle of antiseptic also. And there will be the consultation fee. That still shouldn't amount to much more than (at a guess) 50-60 pounds. Probably less.

Advice for home treating a dog from a stranger, over the internet, who doesn't know the case, or the dog, is not wise.
The best person to gauge what is happening to her foot is a vet.

But even though I have said that you could try clipping the nail yourself using some good nail clippers suitable for dogs' claws. So that the embedded part is set free. Do not clip too high. Just release it. And gently pull out the embedded part of the nail.
Yes she won't like it as it will hurt. You need someone to hold her very still while you do this.

Then examine her foot. Is there infection? Is there a hole? How swollen is the pad? It is up to you to use your judgement about how bad that wound is. But remember that any puncture wound can spread infection deeper into tissues than a cut or surface abrasion.
You could bathe her pad with an antiseptic, and keep a VERY close eye on what is going on! Any signs of it not starting to heal in a day or two, and PLEASE get her to the vet.

She may get dirt in the wound as she will have to go out for at least poop/pee. So that means every time she does, gently clean the wound with antiseptic each time.
Restrict her walking until the foot is healed.
Unless advised to by the vet, don't dress the foot. but make sure the wound is kept clean.
Or you could put a little sock on her foot when she goes out to do her business. You will have to anchor the little sock with a string or ribbon which goes around her shoulder across the other side. Take it off when she comes back in.
The smell/taste of the antiseptic hopefully will stop her licking at that pad.
One thing you do not want is a spreading infection. Or an eventual amputation because of bone involvement!
Have an Answer?
Top Dogs Answerers
675347 tn?1365460645
United Kingdom
974371 tn?1424653129
Central Valley, CA
Learn About Top Answerers
Didn't find the answer you were looking for?
Ask a question
Popular Resources
Members of our Pet Communities share their Halloween pet photos.
Like to travel but hate to leave your pooch at home? Dr. Carol Osborne talks tips on how (and where!) to take a trip with your pampered pet
Ooh and aah your way through these too-cute photos of MedHelp members' best friends
For people with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), the COVID-19 pandemic can be particularly challenging.
A list of national and international resources and hotlines to help connect you to needed health and medical services.
Here’s how your baby’s growing in your body each week.