How to Stop Dog Nails Bleeding Quickly?
Dog nails bleeding is an all-too-common occurrence that can be handled quickly, cleanly and with minimal fuss with the right preparation and tools to hand.
Dog nail clipping is often an unpleasant time for both pet and owner. Few dogs submit to nail clipping easily, and if your pet has suffered from a painful or bloody clipping before, they may be downright uncooperative and struggle.
However, in the unfortunate instance that you clip a little too high and cause nail bleeding, quick
I began researching this subject after
The worst part was that I wasn’t prepared at all. I had nothing nearby to staunch the
After a brief visit to the vet and some sage advice, it turns out that the cost of the consultation was entirely unnecessary. On her advice, I purchased some Kwik Stop from the
Why Should I Cut My D
For working dogs or outdoor dogs that spend a lot of time on rough outdoor surfaces, their nails naturally wear down whilst they’re being active. However, for dogs that spend a lot of their time indoors on carpeted or smooth surfaces, the nails do not naturally wear
Unfortunately, the longer a dog’s nails grow, the longer the quick grows inside them as well, making it harder to cut them down to the correct length, so it’s important to keep your dog’s nails trimmed.
When Should I Cut My Dog’s Nails?
If you can hear a dog’s nails
What causes dog nails bleeding?
Within each of your dog’s nails is
If you cut too close to the quick, you may cut the quick itself, and this will cause bleeding.
Where Should I Cut The Nails?
You should cut the nails with proper dog nail clippers purchased from a pet store or vet surgery. Human clippers are not
Diagram of a dog’s nail:
What Do I Do If The Nail Starts Bleeding?
Now we come to the crunch of it. Here I’ll outline the remedy that I’ve found effective for treating a bleeding nail on my dog. Thankfully, I’ve only had to use it once since the incident, but it worked immediately.
You will need:
- Paper towels or a clean rag
- Styptic powder - Kwik Stop is a common brand that has worked well for me. The styptic powder contains ferric subsulfate, an ingredient that contracts blood vessels to stop bleeding, and also acts as an antiseptic.
If you’re repeating my mistake, and are reading this article frantically after catching the quick on your dog’s nail, then fear not. If you don’t have any styptic powder to hand you can use baking flour or cornstarch instead. They don’t have the same properties as styptic powder, but they will staunch the blood flow if packed into the end of the bleeding nail. Apply in the same manner as above.
First Step: Staunch The Flow
Immediately staunch the flow of blood with the paper towels or rag. Hold it there for a few seconds to slow the bleeding. You should have a good hold on your pet to make sure they don’t escape.
Second Step: Apply The Powder
Once your pet is calm, cup your hand, and pour some of the styptic powder (or baking flour/corn starch) into your hand, making a small pile.
Press the bleeding nail into the powder gently but firmly. You want the powder to pack into the end of the bleeding nail. Styptic acid can sting a little for a second or two, so again, make sure your pet doesn’t
Alternatively just rub some powder into the end of the nail with a fingertip.
Third Step: Bandage The Paw
Bind the paw in a bandage to stop your dog licking or worrying the nail. This is only temporary, and won’t need to be on for long.
Fourth Step: Keep Your Pet Still
After the paw is treated, it’s advisable to try and keep your dog off of its feet for around twenty minutes, just to give the nail time to seal up. This might involve a twenty-minute petting session that will surely earn you forgiveness!
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