Message Number: YG6402 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Erin Simkins
Date: 2001-08-16 08:45:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Ripped claw

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., "Karna Rybacki" <evilkarky@h...>

> The problem here is, he didn't rip the claw completely off, nor
the blood
> vessel in it. I've trimmed off what remained of the claw, but am
unsure if
> I shoudl do the rest of the vessel down to the toe, or just leave
it and see
> if the claw grows around it. The toe is a little swollen too. Any
> suggestions on bringing it down? The toe doesn't seem to be
causing a lot
> of discomfort, but he does favor it a little.

I'm not a vet but I wouldn't recommend cutting it off below the quick
(vein). That would be quite painful and I just don't think it's
necessary. I think if you keep it trimmed and wash it with a little
warm water, he should be okay. One of my ferrets did the same exact
thing. I kept it clean (well, tried to at least) and trimmed it to
keep it from getting in the way. Tigger limped for a few days but
after that, he was fine. The nail grew in a little crooked but
otherwise it's just like it never happened.

The swelling should decrease on its own. If you notice that it
doesn't go down after a few days, then I would suggest taking him
into a vet to make sure he didn't do anymore damage to his foot.

Hope he feels better soon!

Erin Simkins
Education Director
American Ferret Association