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Speckles’ Nightmare Manicure/Pedicure – Disasterous Dog Nails #Dogs

by TerriAnn
Speckles, our dog, ripped her nail off completely including the quick. It will not be growing back... #dogs

Last week, Speckles ripped one of her nails off . . . the ENTIRE thing, quick and all!

The Nail-Ripping Dog-Yelping Drama Begins

Tuesday afternoon, Speckles was laying near the open sliding glass door as she normally does. Somehow, her nail must have slid into a small opening and, when she tried to get up, it got caught. Unlike with a child, there was no way to tell our dog to calm down so we could come over and help her get free. So, Speckles immediately started to FREAK out.

Accompanied by a series of blood-curdling yelps, she frantically jerked her arm back and forth until her far right nail came completely off with her nerve ‘stuff’ still inside. (I’d show you a photo but I don’t want to gross you out THAT much.) Before we even knew what was happening, Speckles limped over to her bed and tried to hide blood spewing all over.

Our experience with ripped off dog nails and profuse bleeding. Speckles, our dog, ripped her nail off completely including the quick. It will not be growing back... #dogs

Frans grabbed a bunch of towels and I moved quickly to wrap her paw and apply slight pressure to stop the blood flow. We called the vet but, of course, it had to be 1:00 pm and they were closed for lunch until 2:00pm. We didn’t know if we should wait until the office opened or take Speckles straight to emergency. We called the emergency clinic for some advice. Fortunately, we were told to just do our best to stop the bleeding, use some cornstarch if needed, and wait for our regular vet. If the bleeding didn’t stop, then we could head to the emergency clinic (that’s always more expensive though).

Disasterous Dog Nails – Getting Professional Help

The bleeding did slow and, as soon as it turned 2pm, we jumped in the car and headed for the vet’s office in Redwood City. I called to let them know we were on our way with a quick summary of the situation. They happened to have an open appointment and we only had to wait about 10-15 minutes before Dr. Stiglich came in. She said that the nail probably wouldn’t grow back but that everything else looked okay.

Dr. Stiglich took Speckles to ‘the back’ to trim the nearby fur, clean the wound, and apply a soft bandage (she chose to use the zebra print 😛 ). We had some anti-inflammatory/pain meds for her already so the vet said we could give her a bit of that if she needed it. The bandage could come off in four days. I was relieved that the vet only charged us $87 for the visit and supplies.

Our experience with ripped off dog nails and profuse bleeding. Speckles, our dog, ripped her nail off completely including the quick. It will not be growing back... #dogs

To prevent this from happening again, our vet encouraged us to get a nail grinder. We could only bring Speckles to get her nails trimmed every 3-4 weeks because she hates getting her nails trimmed with a vengeance. With the grinder (which doesn’t phase Speckles at all), we can use it more often so her quicks recede. Then we can keep her nails shorter, preventing them from forming a hook-like shape and geting caught under things like sliding glass doors.

The carefree animals that dogs are, the whole ordeal is over and done with for her. Speckles was initially worn out from the experience but has been healing fine. When taking her out to do her business, we’d pop her paw in a plastic baggie and secure it with a loose rubber band to keep the bandage dry.

All Better

The bandage came off yesterday and so far so good. We did notice a bit of blood on her paw this morning but that dried up quickly. She hasn’t had any problems trotting to the kitchen every time she hears the slightest sound of the refrigerator door opening. The only difference now is that we now have one less nail to get take care of 😛

Our experience with ripped off dog nails and profuse bleeding. Speckles, our dog, ripped her nail off completely including the quick. It will not be growing back... #dogs

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Theresa @ Faith and Family Reviews March 11, 2014 - 6:28 pm

Oh wow that would be so scary! I’m glad Speckles is okay.

Penelope Guzman (NYC Blogger) March 11, 2014 - 7:32 pm

Aww, I didn’t know their nails could bleed like that 🙁

TerriAnn van Gosliga March 17, 2014 - 2:53 pm

Not with just a little clip but when they get their nail caught on something and rip it totally off, then it’s a bloody mess!

Liz Mays March 11, 2014 - 7:59 pm

Poor little girl! I knew you had to be careful with cutting them, but goodness I didn’t know anything like this could happen.

Donna March 11, 2014 - 8:19 pm

It scares me to clip our puppies nails. I hold him and my hubby clips, but we found a groomer that we will be taking him to once a month to clip them. After reading this, I’m positive I do NOT want to clip my pups nails. 🙂 Glad Speckles is alright.

Paula @ Frosted Fingers March 12, 2014 - 9:03 am

What’s a grinder? I hate cutting my dog’s nails. I always make her bleed 🙁

Sorry your pup had a painful booboo!

TerriAnn van Gosliga March 17, 2014 - 2:52 pm

Kind of like an electric nail file. I just ordered one so I’ll put up a tutorial when I figure it out!

Robin Gagnon {Mom Foodie} March 12, 2014 - 6:08 pm

The poor baby. I have to say the little clawless toe is kind of cute though.

Raijean March 12, 2014 - 9:13 pm

Aww.. thanks for sharing this story we have a dog whose nails are too long so I’m going to check out the grinder.

Vanessa: thequeenofswag March 13, 2014 - 8:05 pm

OMG. That is terrible. That’s why I pay someone to cut our dogs nails. I’m too afraid.

HilLesha March 13, 2014 - 9:18 pm

Oh my goodness, poor girl! 🙁

Crystal @ Simply Being Mommy.com March 14, 2014 - 11:42 am

Poor baby. I would have been freaking out. Glad to hear she is is recovering well.

Kathleen B March 15, 2014 - 8:04 pm

Poor Speckles. This happened to one of our ferrets once and there is no way to te;ll them to calm down either. So glad it is all better now!

April Decheine March 16, 2014 - 4:59 pm

Our Tory had really bad nails, she hated getting them cut, the Beagle yelped for hours!

Rachel @ following in my shoes March 16, 2014 - 10:15 pm

OUCH — that poor baby. 🙁

Toni March 18, 2014 - 2:16 pm

I have to let the hubby deal with the dogs nails. I can barely clip baby nails without breaking into t sweat.

Ty @ Mama of 3 Munchkins March 22, 2014 - 10:35 pm

Ouch! Poor baby! I have long nails and when they break, it hurts!

Anne - Mommy Has to Work March 23, 2014 - 9:56 am

Oh no! Poor thing… I’m glad she’s better.

Colleen March 23, 2014 - 6:10 pm

Aww poor thing.

Mickey March 23, 2014 - 9:05 pm

Oh no! Poor thing. That must have hurt so badly. I’m glad she’s OK now.

Lucero @We Are Earthformed March 24, 2014 - 8:02 pm

Poor thing. I can’t even imagine the excruciating pain she must have felt. Glad she is OK and you have an option to help prevent this from happening again. For me this is just one more reason not to get a dog. Kids are enough to worry about.

Kelsey Apley March 26, 2014 - 4:33 am

Poor little thing!!! That would be so painful!!!! Glad the bandage came off and so far so good!!!

Darlene November 5, 2014 - 2:19 pm

I just discovered your blog through Bark Box’s newsletter update and I was drawn here because your dog Speckles looks like a carbon copy of my dog Doctor (with a slight difference in the ears and tail)! I’ve been perusing your site and love it. What a great find! myburningkitchen.com/2013/10/30/life-with-a-dog/

Danyell Ballou December 5, 2017 - 9:28 pm

I stumbled on your post. A very similar thing just happened to our puppy. Did your dog’s nail end up growing back?

TerriAnn December 5, 2017 - 11:21 pm

Yes, it did! We weren’t expecting it to but it grew back just fine.

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