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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Vet
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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My greyhound's claws are very. I took her to a dog groomer

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my greyhound's claws are very long. I took her to a dog groomer to have them clipped but they are still too long. She is uncomfortable walking and dealing with stairs and certain surfaces. Is there anything that can be done to help her? She is 10 years old and a rescue dog, so deals well with vets.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Yes, Louise, Tilly can be temporarily dissociated ("spaced out") with an injectable drug, her nails severely clipped back and cauterized, the dissociative drug reversed by another injectable drug, and sent home on both a systemic antibiotic (to avoid nail bed infection) and a pain reliever (because clipping through the quick can cause lasting pain). She should then be started on a regular program of walking on abrasive surfaces which will wear her nails down naturally.

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