Perhaps no other home grooming activity is more urgent. The task seems simple enough, but the procedure can go terribly wrong with a misplaced snip, leaving a dog with you and reluctant. If you mistakenly cut into the quick – or you could do that in every nail – a bloody mess you could have done, and most importantly, your dog’s much-needed trust in your home grooming capabilities.
Do not fret. Even experienced and cautious home groomers have accidentally cut the quick and faced dog nail bleeding. It’s easy to mistakenly cut a dog’s nails too short, especially if the nails are black or dark in color. Dogs with white or light nails and a visible quick. It is not so simple when you can not see it.
When you hear your dog’s nail click clacking as he walks across the floor or hard surface, it’s usually a sure sign that he’s ready to have them clipped. The general rule of thumb is to clip where the nail makes a defined curve down towards the floor. Do not cut too far beyond that you could snip the quick. Keep in mind that the longer you grow, as well.
What do you do if you have a clear skin, causing pain and dog nail bleeding? The best thing is to be prepared in advance and have emergency supplies within reach. You will be able to stop the bleeding, relieve the pain, save your carpets from stains and greatly.
The easiest and most effective way to stop the nail is with styptic powder or a styptic pencil, which can be used at most major stores and pharmacies. Be cautious, however, that styptic powder will provide an initial sting, so be prepared to hold onto the dog while applying. Several home remedies also work, depending on the severity of bleeding. A mix of corn starch and baking soda often works well (or, simply, cornstarch alone), while rubbing a clean bar or scent-free soap or a wet tea can also be effective. No home remedy, however, will be as effective as styptic powder. Also keep a clean cloth, paper towels and ice nearby.
If you accidentally cut into the quick, immediately compress the two minutes with a clean towel or paper towel. If the bleeding is minor, try rubbing a bar or clean, scent-free soap about it. If the bleeding is steady, wrapping ice within the compressed towel or paper towel will help the blood flow. Next cup your hand and pour some styptic powder or cornstarch (with or without baking soda) into the palm. Gently dip the dog’s bleeding nail into the powder, repeating if the bleeding does not come to an immediate stop. Do not wipe away the blood before dipping because it will aid coagulation. Once bleeding does cease, continue to compress the wound with a towel or cloth, being cautious not to squeeze the paw. Try to keep the dog off his feet for at least 30 minutes.
Once you are sure that the nail bleeding has been stopped, the affected nail with lukewarm water and bandage to prevent licking and infection. If bleeding can not be controlled after 20 – 30 minutes, clean clotting is not necessary and should be consulted immediately. Also consult a vet if the dog’s later becomes red, swollen or does not appear to be improving after a few days.