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.
What You’ll Need
- Cotton Swabs (Options 1, 4, and 5)
You’ll need water for all options. If you like to use a cotton swab to apply the styptic powder (Option 1) into the bleeding nail, you need water to moisten the cotton swab. For Option 2, you’ll need water to moisten the tip of the styptic pencil before use. A drop of water is enough to get the tip of the pencil a little wet.
For Option 3, you’ll need water to soften the bar of soap. If you’re doing Option 4, you’ll need a bit of water to moisten the cotton swabs to apply the potassium permanganate
For Option 5, you’ll need to mix the cornstarch, flour, or baking soda with water until you produce a thick paste. Be sure that the water you use is clean because you don’t want any further bacteria contamination.
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.
- Option 1: styptic powder
- Option 2: styptic pencil
- Option 3: Bar of soup
- Option 4: Potassium Permanganate
- Option 5: Natural Paste
1. Gather The Supplies
If you select this option, prepare your styptic powder. You may use a cotton swab to apply the powder but make sure that you have a bit of water also prepared to moisten it. If you like, you can also use your hand to serve as the container for the powder.
2. Apply The Powder
If your dog doesn’t want you to handle his nails after a trimming mishap, you can use an applicator (cotton swab). Moist your cotton swab with water and dip it into the styptic powder.
Apply moderate pressure on the nail cut for at least half a minute to stop the bleeding. A minor bleeding usually stops at this time frame. If you notice that the bleeding still persists, reapply the powder.
Now if your dog is calm after getting hurt, you can put the powder directly on the nail. Just pour the powder into your palm and gently dip your dog’s bleeding nail into the powder. Repeat if the bleeding doesn’t immediately stop.
1. Get Your Supplies
If you choose this option, prepare your styptic pencil. You also need a bit of water to wet the tip of this cylindrical stick for easy application. This pencil contains astringent that can help contract the blood vessel, hence promote faster blood clotting.
2. Apply The Styptic Pencil Into The Nail
To apply, first, dip the tip of this medicated stick into a bit of water. Once moistened, apply it to your dog’s nail. You should rotate it across the cut for maximum results.
The stick may cause a stinging sensation so expect your dog to demonstrate any discomfort. To prevent your dog from lashing at you, ask someone to restrain the dog for you while you do the treatment.
Place the pencil directly into the bleeding nail and press firmly. Hold this position for about two minutes and remove the medicated pencil. If you notice that the bleeding still continues, reapply but extend the time to five minutes. The bleeding should stop by then
1. Prepare Your Supplies
For this option, you’ll need to get ready for your bar of soap that’s clean and scent-free. The soap will create a plug that shields the quick, like a cork in a bottle.
You may want to soften the soap before you use it on your dog’s nail. Wet the soap with water until it’s a little mushy.
2. Push The Nail Into The Soap
With the soap on your hand, hold the bleeding nail and push it firmly into the soap. You can embed the nail into the soap as deep as 3-4 millimeters. Ask someone to restrain your dog while doing this.
Hold this position for 3-4 minutes. This will give a gentle pressure on the blood vessels and eventually cease the bleeding. Once the allotted time has passed, gently remove the paw in a twisting action.
Now if your dog keeps on fidgeting, push the claw firmly into the soap and wait for 3-4 minutes. After that, you remove the soap with a little twist of the wrist.
3. Repeat Until Successful
Keep pressing the claw into the soap, if you don’t see a plug forming. You can tell that the plug has been formed when you see the soap blocking the nail’s tip. There shouldn’t be any more blood flowing from the nail.
1. Prepare Your Supplies
If you select this option, get ready with your potassium permanganate, cotton swab, and water. You’ll use the cotton swab as your applicator and the water as a moistener for your cotton swab. Getting the cotton swab moistened will make the application more efficient as more permanganate crystals adhere to it.
2. Apply The Treatment
Now moisten the cotton swab with a bit of water. You don’t have to soak the swab, just moistening it with a few drops of water is enough. Dip the moistened swab into the permanganate crystals and press it into the bleeding nail.
Hold this position for about 30 seconds. The bleeding should cease at this point, but if not, repeat this process holding the swab longer for five minutes. If the bleeding still hasn’t stopped, consult your vet.
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.
- 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.
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.
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