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Gaia broke a nail..

After playing in the snow, I was drying her off and noticed her pull her paw back. Upon inspection I noticed she split the outside nail on her right paw in half. It's not bothering her, she's still her playful self but does this warrant a visit to the vet? Can it get infected? Should I try to trim it? Ugh.. What should I do?


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Is she bleeding? I wouldn't warrant it as an emergency vet trip, but I'd keep an eye on it and keep it clean to avoid possible infection.
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No bleeding, I checked around in the snow as well and no signs of blood.


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Do you think you can get a picture? Most times the vet will clip anything that is hanging off. If she's not bleeding, then she may not have broken her nail to the quick which is good. If it's just a floppy piece of broken nail with no damage to the quick or the toe itself, then it should be painless to just clip off.
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I would probably super glue it, personally. That's not one that I would feel comfortable clipping. Soaking in epsom salts could help too.
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Super glue won't hurt her? I do have some Epsom salts and will soak it.


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It shouldn't hurt her, but that does look like it went up pretty far though so it's interesting that there wasn't any bleeding. I'd just keep it really clean for now, with a boot or sock to go and soak it until the vet can determine what to do.
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Okay I soaked it for about 10 minutes, it's wrapped and hopefully my vet can squeeze me in tomorrow.


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That deserves some kind of award. Hans would never sit still long enough to let me soak it for one minute, let alone 10! Hope that gets fixed quickly, poor baby.
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