We discussed lopping it off at work, but this would cause her undue stress and even if we removed the nail, the quick would be exposed and painful. We decided to let it grow out a bit, aided by her licking, applying a natural antiseptic, and giving her daily anti-inflammatory meds. She's just about worked it off, and the quick beneath it is slightly less raw. There's no swelling and other ickyness.
Although surely this has been hard on her, it's been killing me. I can't bear the thought of her in pain. I watch her and worry. Then I watch some more and worry some more, hoping she'll lose that damn nail soon - it's hanging by a tiny thread! That damn right front paw with that damn dewclaw. Being a parent sucks sometimes. She's the most sensitive of the three, really - the biggest bark and the softest heart. The Cowardly Lion comes to mind. She's been so brave through all this, though.
Maybe she'll share her Courage with me.
Please send positive, healing thoughts! Also, I've added a new custom-order sign listing to my online store. I'd love to make a sign for you and your pack...