A dog's split nail can be treated by trimming it past the split. Most dogs eventually end up with a split nail at some point, but the nail must be examined to determine the appropriate course of action.
The dog's injured toe is held up to the light to see how far down the nail can be cut. If the split is too far, the dog needs to see a veterinarian. The vet typically removes the injured nail. However, if the nail can be cut at home, it must be done carefully. Any bleeding resulting from cutting the nail must be stopped, and a dog-friendly disinfectant must be used to prevent infection. The injured toe is bandaged to prevent further injury, and the bandage is changed frequently.Learn More
Acute diarrhea in dogs is treated by withholding food for 24 hours. Chronic diarrhea is treated by identifying the underlying cause and treating that. Dog stool can be temporarily firmed by feeding canned pumpkin or boiled chicken and rice.Full Answer >
Constipation in dogs can generally be treated by increasing the dog's fiber intake or adding a vet-prescribed stool softener. To this end, dark leafy vegetables or 100 percent canned pumpkin can be safely added to dry kibble. Additionally, exercising a dog more can encourage its bowels to move.Full Answer >
Ear infections in dogs are treated with antibiotics, anti-fungal and steroid medications, according to the ASPCA. When a dog shows symptoms such as discharge, head shaking, loss of hearing or balance, redness, swelling, or odor in the ears, contact a veterinarian immediately. These symptoms require professional diagnosis before treatment.Full Answer >
PetsAdvisor recommends using dog nail clippers to cut the nail just above where it is broken if a dog's nail is falling off. If a clean cut is impossible, take the dog to a veterinarian for nail removal. Often, this procedure requires sedation as it is painful.Full Answer >