I was hoping for some advice from all of you who have heard of this or experienced it before. My 1 year old Corgi, Leia, has a problem with her foot. She and my husband played ball last night in the back yard and she came in with a toenail that appears to be hanging. Its on the left rear foot, the outside toe. The nail is sticking out way more than it should and is slightly cockeyed. The toe is not swollen or tender at all, so I'm pretty sure its just the nail. Must have caught on something while playing. When I went to touch the nail, she yelped. Later that night, I touched just the toe, and no reaction.
We read online that we should trim it and bandage it. I'm hesitant to take her to the vet because I have an appointment next Saturday (5/28) for her yearly check up and the cat's as well. Can't move the appointment, so if I do go to the vet, it would be an additional appointment ($$$!!) She HATES having her nails trimmed, but doesn't put up too much of a fight. This could be different though since it is so sensitive.
Do I really have to trim the nail? It doesn't seem to be bothering her, except when she jumps off the couch (she holds that foot in the air until the others are squarely on the ground). Will it just fall off on its own? Can it wait a week? Any advice is much appreciated.
Lindsey and Leia
Of course. Thank you.
Okay. Thank you. I found a discussion where that happened to poor Franklin! We'll be really careful.
So we chickened out. We started to address the toe with the nail clippers and she was yelping like we were killing her before we even got close. I decided this was definitely a job for the vet because I was also too nervous. I'm sure Leia was feeding off my nervous energy too. I love our vet and have so much confidence in them to do what is best for my pets. Since Dustin was off work this morning, we were able to get a vet appointment for both the dog and the cat. Sam and Leia are great! They clipped the nail and wrapped it in a purple bandage to match our LSU colors that Leia so dearly loves ;) Thanks to all of you for all of your advice, I feel that we were able to make a very informed decision and handle the situation properly. Thanks again everyone! Here is a pic of her at the vet afterwards.