Meg’s Toenail

Published: January 9th, 2021

Meg’s Toenail

Published: January 9th, 2021

This article is from the Winter/Spring 2021 edition of our quarterly magazine

Meg, a 9 year old Collie cross German Shepherd came in to Stray Aid in need of some TLC and a good grooming. She clearly hadn’t been brushed or checked over in a long time. When we came to clip her claws, they were so overgrown that one of the dew-claws on her front feet had grown round and was embedded into the pad of her toe by at least 1cm. This poor girl must have been in so much pain. The claw was cut where you can see in the photo and then pulled out of her pad, along with blood and pus.

Meg’s toe was given a thorough clean with antibacterial solution, and she was given a course of antibiotics for the infection in her toe and anti-inflammatory medication for the swelling and pain. Without the claw growing into it, her pad healed quickly and all the swelling cleared up. Meg has since found her forever home where she will get all the love, care and attention she has been missing.

When grooming your dog, it is important to check their claws, especially the dew-claws, since they do not wear down on the ground. With long-haired dogs, part the fur to look at the length of the claws, and either trim them yourself or take your dog to a groomers.

Here at Stray Aid, we are incredibly proud of the amazing work our vets facilities allow us to do, which is all funded by the generosity of our supporters. We want to say a HUGE thank you to all of our supporters who have donated in 2020 and hope you will continue to support our vital work into the future. Without your kind donations