Posted : 1/11/2009 5:25:28 PM
Sammy's nails, on the bottom where they start to curve, tend to look somewhat split open to me -- but it's every. single. nail. They never seem to bother him, so maybe it still protects the quick, and the vet has seen it before without making a fuss.... he's a weird boy, all right!
But, yeah, if the nail just fell off it's probably best to have it looked at. Hopefully it wasn't, as Gina said, a full amputation since I can't imagine that pain! I would be leary of infection, even if only from her bothing it. I would think it would take a bit of time for the nail to grow back as well so you would need some way to protect it.
Hope your dog feels better soon!