How To Stop Dog Nail Bleeding After A Trimming Mishap: 5 Easy Options You Need To Try

Have you tried cutting the nails of your dog? If you’re not careful, you can cut off the quick and a bloody mess could ensue. To prevent this from happening, I’m going to teach you how to stop dog nail bleeding in five ways.

I learned all these techniques when I accidentally cut the nails of my dog the other day. I was so scared because there was so much blood everywhere. After some research and experiments, I’m going to share below the effective ways in stopping your dog nail bleeding.

How to stop dog nail bleeding after a trimming mishap: 5 easy options you need to try

What You’ll Need

  • Water
  • Cotton Swabs (Options 1, 4, and 5)

A cotton swab or Q-tip comes in handy when you’ll be applying the medicine to your dog’s bleeding nail. The options that need this applicator are styptic powder, potassium permanganate, and natural paste. Alternatively, you can use a cotton ball in case you run out of Q-tips at home.


For Option 1

Styptic Powder

One of the most effective ways of stopping the dog nail bleeding is to use styptic powder. This medicine is actually used by groomers and vets to treat dog nail cuts and stop the bleeding. It contains two active ingredients that are pivotal for the treatment of dog nail cuts.: benzocaine and ferric subsulfate.


Aside from being an antihemorrhagic agent, the styptic powder also works as a topical anesthetic. For this reason, this powder can also help relieve the pain. It also helps clot the blood and can restrict the entrance of bacteria into the bloodstream.

Benzocaine is the topical anesthetic that helps relieve the pain while the ferric subsulfate helps cease the bleeding. You can buy this medicine at major pet stores and pharmacies.

For Option 2

Styptic Pencil

Styptic pencil is styptic powder in a stick form. Just like its powder form, this cylindrical stick is an antihemorrhagic agent that stops the bleeding by contracting the blood vessels.

As compared to styptic powder, this pencil design allows more accurate application. However, it may contain silver nitrate which can sting on contact. You can buy this cylindrical stick at major pharmacies along the shaving aisle


For Option 3

Bar Of Soap

Yes, a bar of soap can be used to stop the bleeding of your dog’s nail. To prevent further irritation, look for a scent-free soap. A regular soap, when pressed into the nail, can create a plug that shields the quick. Imagine putting a cork in a bottle.

Be sure that you use a clean bar of soap because you don’t want any debris to get trapped into the nail cut. To make sure that it’s clean, wash it first under running water.


For Option 4

Potassium Permanganate

Potassium permanganate is a powder consisting of bright purple crystals. Many vets prefer this treatment because it’s a natural disinfectant that can help clean the wounds. If you can’t access any potassium permanganate on your local pharmacies, you can check the internet retail site.


For Option 5

1. Cornstarch

Cornstarch is one of the household items that you can use to stop your dog’s nail bleeding. Although it may not be as potent as styptic powder, cornstarch still works because of its natural moisture absorbent quality. It stops the bleeding and hastens the clotting process


Alternatively, you can use these items:

  • Baking Soda
  • Flour

Just like cornstarch, flour is a natural moisture absorbent. It does well in stopping the flow of blood by drying the blood quickly. In this result, blood is blocked from flowing outside.


2. Shallow Container

You may need a shallow container to serve as the place where you’ll mix the cornstarch, baking soda, or flour with water to make a natural paste. Since you won’t need a lot of paste, you can use a small container. Use any empty container you have in your home.


Step-By-Step Instructions

  • Option 1: styptic powder
  • Option 2: styptic pencil
  • Option 3: Bar of soup
  • Option 4: Potassium Permanganate
  • Option 5: Natural Paste

1. Prepare The Paste

In a shallow container, mix cornstarch, baking soda, or flour with a bit of water. Use a cotton swab to stir the mixture into a paste. The consistency should be thick so the paste sticks into the bleeding nail more securely.


2. Apply The Paste

Now that you have the paste ready, dip your cotton swab and apply it directly to your dog’s bleeding nail. Leave the paste on the nail for a couple of minutes or until the bleeding has ceased. If the bleeding hasn’t stopped yet, add another layer of paste and wait for more minutes.

Pro Tips

  • When using the styptic pencil, use with caution. Keep in mind that it contains silver nitrate, a messy stuff that can stain your furniture and skin.
  • If your dog has a history of biting, muzzle him for awhile. In this way, you’ll protect yourself from possible lashing from him. The thing is dogs won’t understand that you’re treating him. If he feels pain, he may bite back as a defense mechanism.
  • Regardless of what option you choose, always remember to keep calm at all times. You don’t want to show that you’re frantic or panicked because your dog might do the same.
  • Don’t wipe the blood away before you apply the natural paste into the bleeding nail. This will help coagulate and heal the blood vessel
  • After applying the treatment, keep your dog off his feet for at least half a minute. This will keep from injuring his nail again. At this point, you may want to keep your dog entertained by giving him his toys.

When To Call Your Vet?

Your dog’s nail bleeding should stop within 20 minutes especially if it’s a minor injury. However, if it goes beyond 20 minutes, then it’s time to call the vet. Your vet may suggest bringing your dog in, so be prepared to transport him calmly.


Before you move your dog to the vet, try to bandage his paw. The bandage will discourage your dog from hitting the injured nail. If you have no bandage at the moment, you can wrap the injured toe with a clean toilet tissue and keep it in place with a tight-fitting sock.

Final Thought

Did you enjoy learning how to stop dog nail bleeding? I know how scary it can be if you see your dog’s nail bleeding but you should keep calm in this type of situation. You don’t want your dog to feel panic as well.


With all the options provided above, the styptic powder seems to be the most effective treatment. It can both stop the bleeding and work as a topical anesthetic to ease out the pain. If you’re in a pinch, you can always resort to these homemade solutions: soap, cornstarch, flour, or baking soda.

If you’ve tried stopping the nail bleeding of your dog, let us know how you did it in the comments section. You can also share this wonderful article if you like it.

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