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Old 03-15-2017, 12:59 PM
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I had the dogs in their carrier for their trip to my boyfriend's for the weekend. I've used it countless times...it's not a hard plastic one, it's softer and collapsible.

Anyway, as I was carrying them inside, Tango started to yelp! Several times, loudly!! Freaked me out, and as soon as I got in I immediately got them both out of the carrier, and there was blood! More freakout.

He has all 4 dewclaws, and he ripped one of them clean off!!! I guess he must have somehow hooked one somewhere on the inside of the carrier. I have NO CLUE how that happened, or where it happened. I've examined the thing minutely and I just can't find anywhere he could have caught it. But he's so tiny (under 4 pounds) and his claws are too I guess it's impossible for me to find anything that isn't very obvious.

Poor thing He seemed fine though, the bleeding stopped almost right away after I put a little pressure on it. The area didn't seem tender either. I made sure to keep an eye out for infection, but it's healed up just fine.

Right after the bleeding stopped.


This is what I found when I took the white soft fluffy pad out of the carrier to wash the blood off of it.


Jeez This ever happened to anyone else? Curious if the nail will eventually grow back, or if it's now gone from that dewclaw permanently?

I wouldn't actually mind that...it's been a pain with him having all 4 dewclaws. I checked out getting them removed, but unlike some dewclaws which are just flaps of skin attached to the leg, his have gristle and bone attaching them, so it would be like a little mini amputation of each one. Uh...no. No thanks.
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Old 03-15-2017, 04:05 PM
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I had one do the same thing. She came out of her carrier (same soft carrier!) and there was blood all over her nail. She didn't rip it clean off though. Vet tech came to the motel (we were at Vermont at a dog camp) and bandaged it up. During the night the darn dog took off the bandage and chewed off the nail! It did grow back. Boy do those things bleed! She never cried.
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My dog has only his front dewclaws and he is right at 4 pounds. I can see how a curved claw like Tango's could get caught in the fluffy pad. If his other claws are curved like that, I would just suggest keeping them as short as possible in the future.

A groomer I worked with had a Dobe who ripped her outside front claw off, and when it grew back, it was at a different angle as her other nails. It didn't contact the ground and get worn like her other claws. So, it might look different when it comes back!
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Old 03-16-2017, 12:27 PM
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Reta, I keep them as short as I can. They do curve dreadfully, right around the paw pads....that's all of them not just the dew claws, though they're much worse. Tango screams and writhes (and I'm not exaggerating) when I use clippers on his nails, so for years now I've used a grinder. Hates that too, but at least he isn't as vocal nor as wiggly. Even so, I have to finish off his nails with a nail file/emery board because they run so close to the pad that I'll start grinding on the pad itself if I use the grinder to get them all the way down. It's the primary reason I wanted to get the dewclaws removed.

He seems fine. Didn't give him a bit of trouble after the incident. No e-collar needed, and nothing to indicate he was in any pain whatever. I'm glad for that at least. Now to see if the thing grows back....differing opinions about that.
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Old 03-16-2017, 12:38 PM
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Aww poor thing!! This happened to my Lilo as well a few years ago. One of her dew claws got caught a bed cover and fell off completely. She did a scream of death when it happened, but afterwards it didn't seem to bother her and it eventually grew back just fine.
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My chi, Emmie, has an overgrown PAD on one of her back paws. Vet said it is like a 'callus' and not to worry. Problem is the nail is so close to that pad. I usually just bring her to the groomer to have those nails done!
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I am glad Tango isn't bothered by it. Hugs!
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