Broken Dew Claws

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Hello!  Toshia (female shihtzu) partially broke her dew claw on her front right paw.  I think the groomer has not clipped her dew claws the last 2 groomings (and I didn't notice :( So the dew claws are longer then they "should" be.  We were playing with a toy, she jumped and when she landed she cried out and then limped for a little bit.  I picked her up and she calmed down quickly.  When I put here down, she was fine but every so often she starts limping again, favoring her paw.  The nail looks like it is only partially torn.  There is no blood but I see a small red area.  She guards her paw when I try to look at the claw.

I am not sure what to do, she seems okay but is it better to let it fall off naturally or should I try to clip it?  I'm afraid it might get caught and rip off painfully??  I'm not sure if she will even let me try to clip it....so then I think I may have to go to the vet to have it done. Does anyone have any input? or have had experience with this?

Thank you!

Nova
 
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Dear Nova,
These torn dewclaws can be quite painful. When there is a injury to a nerve rich area like a digit, Hypericum in low potency (6C, 12 X, or 6X) is often helpful. You can give a dose a few times a day for a few days until you can get to the vet to have the loose nail gently removed. The problem is that a loose piece is more likely to catch on rugs or blankets, and cause your girl more pain. If you can hold her paw, including the affected area, in a solution of warm Epsom salts (diluted as for soaking feet) that will help decrease any swelling and discomfort as well. After soaking, dip the foot in plain warm water, as you don't want her to drink the Epsom salt solution. It can air dry, as it will probably be too tender for you to handle.
Dr. Sara
 

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Wow, thanks so much for your post Dr. Sara!!

Nova - Please let me know next week how TT is doing.

Dr. Jeff
 
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