Nittany had to go to the vet with a split toenail last week. I hadn't noticed that she split her nail, but she pulled her foot back when I touched her paw. I took a look at it and she had split it. There was a small piece hanging down and it was red. I tried to clip it, but was unsuccessful (one person, very wiggly dog in pain, trying to hold a paw and nail clippers didn't work). She was licking at it and the next day, her paw was swollen. I muzzled her and got the hangy piece off. We went to the vet, and she was put on antibiotics. It has been healing nicely.
Fast forward to tonight...
she was licking at her paw again. I went to check the broken nail, and it was fine, but there was blood on her paw. Now the nail NEXT TO the original one is split. The end of the nail is fine...but there are layers peeling off of the nail in places. it is bleeding from the side, not the end. I have no idea what happened.
So, I am thinking that she either has really brittle nails...possibly some sort of fungal infection or something? or that because she was chewing and licking at the original nail that she weakened the one next to it?
She is still on antibiotics for the original nail... I'm
(Sigh...I know this is going to turn into another vet trip and visit fee when I am still broke from christmas)