|Barked: Tue Feb 5, '08 1:03pm PST |
|Hi everyone, I need a little guidance. When I found Shinji, he had a broken toe (among other injuries). When he was about 6 months old, the toenail on this toe started growing out the side of the toe instead of the front like normal - it just kind of made its own hole.
I've asked multiple vets about it, and they've all told me that as long as it isn't painful for him or infected, it's fine. However, if it becomes a problem, the only solution is to amputate the toe just below the pad because the nail is attached to the bone. It would basically be the same kind of thing as declawing a cat.
Well, a couple of weeks ago, the toe became very inflamed and infected and Shinji has been licking it non-stop to the point where it's red and raw. The vet gave me Clavamox and Deramaxx (an anti-inflammatory) to treat it, but after 10 days, I haven't seen much improvement other than the swelling has gone down slightly.
At this point, I am strongly considering the amputation, because the toe really seems to be bothering Shinji. However, the surgery will cost about $800. It will take my fiance and I about a month to save this amount, so in the mean time, I'm not sure what to do. I don't really want to pay the vet $100 every other week for medication that barely does anything, but I'm not sure what to do to treat the paw until I can afford the surgery. I feel terrible watching him lick it non-stop.
As of right now, I've just been keeping it clean with hydrogen peroxide and discouraging the licking when I see it. Shinji also has a magical skill that allows him to lick himself no matter how big of an e-collar he wears, so that's not really an option for me. I'm not sure what else to do. Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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