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Saving on Vet Bills – How to Treat Ingrown Toenail on Your Beloved Dog

I woke up and Jenny the pug was waving her little paw at me. I knew that she’d been favoring that leg, but I couldn’t figure out what was wrong with it. That was until this particular morning. Jenny the pug had blood all over the floor like you could see paw prints of little blood marks. It was obviously quite concerning. I looked over at my sweet 12-year-old pug to see that she was waving that little back paw at me with a face that looked so concerned. I went over and noticed that Jenny the pug had an ingrown toenail. It was gross looking and I instantly teared up.

I called our local vet that Jenny the pug has been seeing for her entire life, but they don’t accept payment plans, which meant I had to figure out how to afford to help my sweet pug. I decided to use good ole Google Search, found a solution and ran to Rite Aid to pick up the supplies. I then volunteered my teenager to assist me in getting our sweet Jenny the Pug feeling better. She was given treats during the process as we both spoke sweetly to her to keep her calm as we clipped her ingrown toenail. Luckily, the ingrown toenail was very fresh in the pad of her paw, so clearly it was a new “injury”.

How to Treat Ingrown Toenail on Your Beloved Dog

Since I know many dog owners out there and many who live paycheck to paycheck, I wanted to share how to treat an ingrown toenail on your dog so that you can save yourself from a vet visit. Obviously, if your dog has a seriously ingrown toenail or infection, seek veterinarian’s advice before following what I did. We were able to do this to Jenny the pug because her nail was freshly ingrown, it wasn’t super far into her paw pad yet.

How to Treat Ingrown Toenail on Your Beloved Dog

Grab your dog’s paw firmly, if possible have a second person holding their body and petting their head to keep them calm during this process.

How to Treat Ingrown Toenail on Your Beloved Dog

Locate the quick. The quick of a dog is the pink blood vessel that runs down the nail. Be sure to cut only about two millimeters away from your dog’s quick. If you cut the quick it will hurt your doggy and create a lot of blood. You can use regular fingernail clippers for humans or dog nail cutters, it really depends how far the ingrown toenail is into your dog’s paw pad.

How to Treat Ingrown Toenail on Your Beloved Dog

If you want to file your dog’s nail down, feel free to use a nail file. This part is not necessary but may be completed if your dog’s nail simply looks too rough.

How to Treat Ingrown Toenail on Your Beloved Dog

You’ll need the following supplies to finish this procedure:

  • Half peroxide and half water
  • Triple Antibiotic ointment
  • Bandage to Wrap the Foot and leg
  • Gauze {optional}

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Use half water and half peroxide to clean the infected area, after you’ve clipped the ingrown nail. Put some triple antibiotic ointment on the area to keep the paw from getting infected. Wrap the paw up so that your doggy isn’t going outside getting dirt and other debris in the wound. Let the wound be unbandaged for the nighttime hours when your doggy is done going out for potty overnight.

How to Treat Ingrown Toenail on Your Beloved Dog

Be sure to wash the area with soap and water daily for three days, so that infection is prevented. Be sure to wash the area with soap and water as often as necessary to ensure the wound stays clean and infection free while healing.

Jenny the Pug was a Brave little girl and did fine. This process involved a lot of treats, and the little 12-year-old pug took quite a nap after the whole process was complete, but she is no longer in pain.

How to Treat Ingrown Toenail on Your Beloved Dog

Brandy Ellen is a born and raised NH resident who enjoys living life to the fullest. Raising 3 kids and a pug, Brandy spends her free time writing for her two blogs – ParentInfluence and Brandy EllenWrites. Brandy is also a ghostwriter for other blogs, click here to hire Brandy to write for you.

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