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Nail Fell Out

Posted: Mon Apr 27, 2020 1:46 am
by Wolf9182
One of my old boys nails fell out today. It seems like it happened a few hours before i noticed, appears to fallen right off or possibly torn off. No stuck shed, healthy toes, but the end of the toe where the nail used to be has a decent amount of dried blood on it.

First time it's ever happened for him.

Anything i should do with the open wound? sadly it appears like it happened a few hours ago, it doesn't appear to be paining him too much, not stressed or aggressive. I am somewhat worried about a possible infection, my exotics vet is closed due to COVID-19 and its evident that you can't bandage up a blueys foot. Would giving him a shallow bath to maybe clean out the toe tip be a decent idea?

Re: Nail Fell Out

Posted: Mon Apr 27, 2020 3:09 pm
by mb606587
A dab of triple antibiotic ointment will work. You can also keep him on paper towels until it heals over if you're worried about infection.

Re: Nail Fell Out

Posted: Mon Apr 27, 2020 5:57 pm
by OrbitingAncient
Same thing happened to me just now, though I have a question, any idea how long I should leave her on the paper towels? @mb606587 (also sorry for hijacking a thread lol, this should help both of us though.)

Re: Nail Fell Out

Posted: Mon Apr 27, 2020 6:09 pm
by Janella
Clean the wound with dilute chlorhexidine or betadine solution. Then apply triple antibiotic ointment. It should heal just fine. You can use paper towels until healed.