My roommate took my babies to the dog park today, and when I got back from work my Japanese Chin was huddled by the front door shaking, which is extremely unusual.
I know her to have a very low pain tolerance, so, realizing it could be any little thing, I examined her entire body. Turns out her front right paw’s dewclaw has been almost entirely ripped off by something or another, and she won’t let me touch it without crying.
What can I do to help her out? I have some leftover canine anti-inflammatory/pain relief from when she got spayed, should I give her a dose? Can I wrap her paw or treat it with something? The dewclaw is hanging by a thread, should I try to cut it or leave it alone?
For all of you Negative Nancys: a) I can’t bring her to the vet til tomorrow, it’s 9 p.m. where I am. B) I don’t want to hear “This is why you remove dewclaws at birth!” I rescued her from a shelter when she was already an adult.
I appreciate kind advice. :)