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Injured toe or nail?

About 3 days ago, after I had the dogs outside playing fetch with the tennis balls, we noticed that our 7 year old Kasey was limping, not putting his weight on his front left paw as he walks. When I got down and looked at his paw I noticed that the last outer toe was swollen and the area where the nail goes into the toe is inflamed. I play fetch with him everyday and he is a very fast active dog. Has anyone seen this type of injury before? I wonder if while running or jumping he came down on a stone or stick or something and bent or pulled the nail out some?.. although it's not loose and it does hurt the dog if I gently wiggle it. At first I thought he had a thorn or something stuck in between his toes, but after clipping the hair away and carefully looking, there is nothing there or any laceration or puncture wound. Today Kasey did run after a ball that my grandson threw (not knowing his favorite doggy had a hurt foot) and the injury started to bleed some at the nail. I guess I should call the vet and see what he thinks is going on. We were hoping that it would just get better on it's own. Here's a couple of pics..

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I would get him in to the vet...

If it's bleeding... it might be trama between the nail and the toe/bone where you can't see a break. I would verify that this is what's going on and pursue a treatment plan.

There's other things that would cause toes to swell up - whether fractures in the toe or even tumors in the toe, so that's a reason to follow up with the vet and make sure it's just the toenail you are dealing with.

Keep him on least outside - no running around.

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