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    Snagged nail

    My guinea pig Scooter got his nail snagged on my shorts that have these little holes in them. His nail is black at the base and normal colored at the tip and he walks as though it hurts and doesnít put pressure on it heís basically walking on his one front paw instead of both. He doesnít seem that bothered by it occasionally heíll like lick the nail and then go back to laying down or eating. I canít really afford a vet anytime soon so I was kind of hoping this would just heal on itís own i doubt its serious but itíd be nice to get some other opinions. Iíve attached a picture
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    Re: Snagged nail

    I can't answer on how serious it might be -- maybe another member can -- but I'm not sure what a vet would do for a potentially broken toe anyhow. (Just thinking of worst-case... not saying that it is.) But it does look like Scooter needs his nails trimmed. My son's pig Ralphy used to get hooked nails like that, and every time it happened he would have trouble walking comfortably until we trimmed his nails. So that might be the main issue -- the hooked nail is making his paw turn in a way that's not comfortable for him.

    As long as he's still eating and acting normal, he should be all right. Keep us updated!

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    Re: Snagged nail

    It looks to me like the quick in his nail was damaged, and the black you see is blood. That's probably causing pressure and that's what hurts him. Is the nail broken/loose/cracked/ etc in any way?

    I have experience with injured dog and parrot nails but not an injured guinea pigs; so I don't know how serious this is for a piggy either.

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    Re: Snagged nail

    Quote Originally Posted by MerryFriarTuck View Post
    It looks to me like the quick in his nail was damaged, and the black you see is blood. That's probably causing pressure and that's what hurts him. Is the nail broken/loose/cracked/ etc in any way?

    I have experience with injured dog and parrot nails but not an injured guinea pigs; so I don't know how serious this is for a piggy either.

    it started bleeding yesterday because I tried to trim the nail because it kept getting caught on stuff but he ended up bleeding. He seems to be in pain when I try to cut the nail and it doesnít seem loose. I stopped the bleeding cleaned him up and made him a clean cage to keep it from getting infected.

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    Re: Snagged nail

    That's good, you're doing everything right. I wanted to make sure he didn't half rip it out or something; that's why I asked if it was loose. Did it bleed at all when it happened, or only now when you tried to trim it? When I blow up your picture it looks like the injury is around the base of the nail...unless someone here can tell you more than me, and if it doesn't get better, he probably should be run by the vet.

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    Re: Snagged nail

    Quote Originally Posted by MerryFriarTuck View Post
    That's good, you're doing everything right. I wanted to make sure he didn't half rip it out or something; that's why I asked if it was loose. Did it bleed at all when it happened, or only now when you tried to trim it? When I blow up your picture it looks like the injury is around the base of the nail...unless someone here can tell you more than me, and if it doesn't get better, he probably should be run by the vet.
    it only bled when I tried to trim the nail. The finger looks swollen itís bigger than the rest of his fingers but heís walking on it normally this is what it looks like now
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    Re: Snagged nail

    His toe looks more swollen compared to the first picture...and I definitely think the injury is where the nail meets his toe. When you tried to trim it, it probably put pressure on the quick and made it bleed. Keep an eye on it to see if the swelling gets worse, his toe more angry/red looking, or he starts to just not act like himself. I wish I could help you more--- keep us updated!

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    Re: Snagged nail

    I agree with MerryFriarTuck... that's looking worse, and it definitely sounds like an injury as opposed to just an odd nail. Poor baby... Do keep us updated!

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    Re: Snagged nail

    How is Scooter's nail?

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    Re: Snagged nail

    It eventually fell off and is in the process of growing back! He is okay

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    Re: Snagged nail

    Glad to hear your Scooter is doing better!

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    Re: Snagged nail

    So glad he's ok!

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    Re: Snagged nail

    That's awesome! Glad he's doing fine!

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