Broken Nail Recovery Time? Does it get worse before it gets better?
Friday night we noticed our Frenchie, Cleatis, split his nail down to the quik. Cleatis has an amazing pain tolerance (as he's been through a lot in his short life) and didn't seemed bothered by it at all. After reading online it's recommended that a vet cut the entire nail off so it grows back normal. We took him to vet Saturday morning. Vet did an extremely quick job, cut his nail off with no pain meds at all, barely put quik stop on and bandaged him up right away. Vet told us to keep bandage on for 5 days, gave him antibiotics and out the door. Cleatis quickly bleed right through the bandage but didn't seem affected by it all. The bleeding final stopped and he was walking on it normal. By Saturday night he barely favored it. Sunday he started to limp on it. We took off the bloody bandage Sunday and it smelt. Cleaned Cleatis up, put new bandage on and he seemed to do better as he walked on it. But shortly after starting limping again. Monday he limped even worse. We took of the bandage and it didn't smell this time, cleaned it up and put new bandage on. Tuesday (today) he is limping really bad. You can tell he is in such pain (again, he NEVER shows pain). I went to vet today and got pain pills, but couldn't bring cleatis into vet because of work. They said not to worry that he is probably just irritated by the healing, which makes sense, and to bring him in if he keep limping in a couple of days. But why is he getting worse?
Should I be worried? I know it takes a while for a broken nail to heal, but why would he be more depressed and in pain 3 days later? Shouldn't it get better as times goes on? I know my dog well and it doesn't seem right... Makes me wish I took care of the issue at home where I could have taken my time and washed him properly.
Have any of you had this experience? Does it just take time and did your dogs/cats get worse before it got better?
If he keeps limping on it by Thursday, the 5th day, I will take him back to the vet. Thanks for your time and input!