Among the most painful problems that can happen to a dog are ingrown nails. It can be highly uncomfortable and excruciating for the dog. If not initially detected, infection to dog paws can cause permanent damage to paws and legs.
If walked regularly, the chance of this happening is unlikely. If the dog does not constantly walk around, it is more prone to an ingrown. Ingrown prevention is not hard to do. You must simply clip the dog’s nails regularly. If the dog’s nails grow too long towards the paw’s pads, there are simple precautions you should follow to prevent complications.
Checking on dog nails is easy. First, you have to grasp the dog’s paw and see if the dog’s nails are too long. An indication of overgrown nails is pointed and curved nails. Your dog can tolerate this if the nails have not grown into the pad. If they have, you have to cut the nails with clippers and remove them from the pad. Not too fast. Don’t start clipping the nails too soon. You have to first find the quick.
If you are not familiar with the quick, it is the blood vessel that is found inside the nail. Take a close look at your dog’s nail. It is pink in color encased inside the nail. When clipping, try to avoid the quick. If cut, it will bleed profusely. To avoid bleeding, you have to cut approximately 2 millimeters away from it. Ordinarily, ingrown nails will fall out once they are cut. If they don’t, gently pull them out with your fingers or tweezers. If desired, file the nail’s edges after clipping.
It is possible to cut the quick by accident. If this happens, you do not need to worry. Once bleeding is detected, prepare corn starch in a dish big enough to submerge the paw. Dip the dog’s paw in the dish containing the corn starch, which will stop the nail from bleeding. If the nail is still bleeding after five minutes, it is time to contact your veterinarian.
Once you remove the ingrown, the damaged area on the paw must be cleaned. First, prepare a mixture of ½ water and ½ peroxide. Clean the paw with this mixture. After you are done cleaning, application of antibiotic ointment is necessary.
Cleaning the damaged area with soap and water is also necessary to prevent infection. This must be done once for 3 days. If the dog gets his or her paws dirty, it will be necessary to clean the paws more often. If you notice swelling, redness, oozing, fever, or a bad smell even after removing the ingrown nail from the dog paws, contact your veterinarian to avoid more complications.