Hi everyone. It’s been a long time since I’ve been on here but I knew if anyone would have advice for me it would be this group.
Today my dog Ellie (half Australian cattle dog, half ?) was on our cement patio and she ripped her nail off her front paw. I was out there but didn’t see it happen, I am assuming it got stuck in a crack. Her nails are due for a trim but they aren’t terrible. Anyway the poor girl has her entire quick exposed. Took her to the vet and they cleaned and bandaged it. She has pain meds and antibiotics.
Ellie is very reactive when it comes to her paws and always has been. I’ve tried counter conditioning for years with minimal success. So now with it injured she will bite at us when we have to care for it. Our yard is soaked with rain and snow so it has to get bagged when she goes out. We will also need to change the bandage daily. Any suggestions on how to keep her dry? Quickly tape a bag, big boot? Again she is extremely reactive. I think we will have to muzzle her to change the bandage. It just makes me sick at the pain and stress she is going through. 😞 She needs a bandage for at least a week and it will take around 6 weeks for the nail to grow back.
Thanks for reading and any advice you have for us.