Frankie's been licking and licking and licking his back foot. I checked it and it appears he's torn is "pinky" toenail. It looks like it's cracked right in the middle, but it's not hanging off and it's not bleeding. We've been putting musher's secret on it all weekend which seems to help (with the not licking anyway). Do you think he needs to go to the vet, or perhaps it will just fall off on it's own?
Good grief, Frankie, give Mom a break, will ya? Amy, you could try wrapping his paw with VetWrap, too. That will stop the nail from catching on stuff. The black Lab I had 25+ years ago split one of his nails and was OK. But, someon on another board has a BC mix who tore a nail last week. A couple of days later, the dog tore it open again and ended up again and ended up at the vets. Can you call your vet to see what they think, or will they automatically make you come in?
Unfortunately, we're pros with the cracked/broken nail issues. After running to the vet the first time it happened we've pretty much learned to handle this ourselves. We smother the broken nail in neosporin and cover with gauze followed by vet wrap (wrap that sticks to itself available in pharmacies), we then cover this with a sock and watch the pooch so that the bandaging stays on for as long as possible. Once we're not looking they're chewing it off. After a few days of care and neosporin we can usually either remove the nail or it grows out enough to gently cut.
If you're dog is in pain or there is bleeding, I'd recommend visiting the vet. It's important to keep this clean and avoid infection.