Cody’s manicure mishap

Cody’s manicure mishap

Cody the snowy-white prince gave his dad quite the fright! After a small accident, Cody’s dad noticed a tiny amount of blood… that turned into what seemed to be a lot of blood! After rushing him down to our clinic, we could see that one of Cody’s nails had been ‘avulsed’ or broken off.

As you can see from the diagram below, the grey part is the nail, which encases the ‘quick’ – the generous blood supply and nerves of the tip of the toe. Like humans, dog and cat nails continuously grow, so need a solid blood supply for nutrients. Where they differ, however, is instead of sitting flat on top, imagine your nail encased the whole tip of your finger; that’s what it would be like to have claws! Therefore, a nail cut too short, or broken nails, bleed a lot and are very painful.

Cody’s manicure mishap
Image courtesy of Kingsbrook Animal Hospital

After a check-up, Cody received some pain relief, and instructions on preventing any infection spreading up the toe into joints, which did include the cone-of-shame so Cody could not infect his bare nail bed with licking. We are pleased to give Cody and his paw-dicure the all clear! Cody is now back to his usual activities, tummy rubs, tail wags and extreme cuteness.

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