Dog & Puppy Nail Problems

Puppy or Dog nail problems: If a puppy has a broken nail can also cause a lot of pain, limping, and over all irritation. Keeping a close eye on the size of your puppy's nails is very necessary because long nails can snag and break. If one of your puppy's nails breaks, you must cut it to relieve the pain and to prevent more injury to the paw or infections. If the root of the puppy's nail (the quick) has not been affected, the dog's nail should grow back without any problem. Sometimes puppy's nails will get infected because of bacteria, virus, or a fungus. A lesion on one of the nails can also be a symptom of cancer in the early stages. Usually the puppy will need to get a biopsy for there to be a complete and proper diagnosis. If you find your puppy limping you should start by examining the puppy's paws very carefully and in detail, sometimes something as small as a broken nail can cause a dog to limp. If your puppy's nails are hurt, infected or have lesions, then the best thing is to call the veterinarian and schedule a check up.

Puppy cysts: A very obvious sign of a lesion on your puppy's paw is when your puppy is constantly licking and biting at its paw trying to alleviate the pain. If this occurs is it possible that it has a lesion such as a small cut or cyst. A cyst is a "sack" of liquid or semisolid material that is surrounded by body tissue. Cysts normally need to be treated by a veterinarian and in the cases when they are very painful, the puppy may need to be anesthetized. Once the cyst has been removed, the veterinarian will probably prescribe antibiotics to be given to the puppy to prevent infections. It must be noted that cysts don't usually cause any harm to the animal's health, but it's best to take the animal to the veterinarian to check just in case. Cysts often remain unchanged in shape and size for months or even years, and only disperse into the animal's body if they are squeezed forcefully. Normally no special treatment is required unless they get infected or they cause the dog discomfort. Cysts have sometimes (very rarely though) turned into tumors. Sometimes if a splinter or a spiked seed gets stuck in the dog's toes, it can gradually work its way deep inside the skin until it is completely buried. This foreign object then forms into a cyst or painful and irritating lump that can sometimes pops on its own as the puppy's body tries to get rid of the foreign object causing the cyst it to secrete pus and blood.

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