Cutting or trimming dog nails is an important part of your dog grooming routine. However, cutting your dog’s nails too short can cause him to bleed. So as a responsible pet parent, you should know what to do and how to stop dog nail bleeding wherever confronted with such situation.
Your pet has a sensitive tissue underneath his nail. Known as the “quick,” it contains nerves and blood vessels. This part grows with the nails. The quick can be easily seen in dogs with white (transparent) nails. It appears as the pink skin under the nails – similar to that of humans.
Unfortunately, finding the quick isn’t easy in dogs with black nails like Dachshunds and Rottweilers. Black nails are very pigmented and the only way to find it is to check the underside of the nails after each snip of the clipper. Because it can be a challenge to find the quick in these dogs, many dog owners and groomers accidentally cut it when they trim the nails.
If you cut your dog’s nails too short and it bleeds, you need to keep certain things in mind.
- Avoid infection by preventing bacteria from getting inside the wound.
- Let the blood clot as soon as possible.
Here are a few tips on how to stop dog nails from bleeding.
Washing with warm water helps stop dog nail bleeding
Hold your dog’s paw under running warm water for a few seconds to clean the bleeding nail. Then, wrap the affected paw in a warm, damp cloth. Hold your dog still and compress his wrapped paw for 15 to 20 minutes.
Using a soap bar can stop dog nail bleeding
To stop your dog’s nail from bleeding, get a mild unscented soap and press your dog’s nail onto it. The soap helps block the tip of the nails – allowing the blood to clot faster.
Styptic powder handy to stop dog nail bleeding
The styptic powder contains ferric subsulfate, which is a hemostatic and antiseptic agent. This product contracts the blood vessels and stops small wounds from bleeding.
Put a few pinches of styptic powder on your palm. Gently press your dog’s bleeding nail on it and hold it for 30 to 60 seconds. Hold your dog still for a few minutes to prevent your pet from licking the powder.
This baking soda paste helps stop dog nail bleeding
If you don’t have styptic powder around, you can also use baking soda to stop the bleeding. Grab a pinch of baking soda and mix it with water to make a paste. Get a touch of the paste and apply it on the bleeding nail. Hold it pressed for a few minutes to let the baking soda paste to set on the nail of your dog.
Do not forget to keep your pet still for a few minutes until the blood clots. You may also use flour or cornstarch paste.
Using styptic pencils may stop dog nail bleeding
Styptic pencils work like styptic powders. To use it, simply press the pencil upwards the tip of the bleeding nail. Do this for 3 to 10 minutes. Do note that many styptic pencils contain silver nitrate so your pet may feel a little sting during the first few presses. Hold your pet’s paw and keep him still for a few minutes.
Stop dog nails bleeding with a doggie sock
If nothing mentioned above is available – or if none of them work – use a doggie sock. Put your pet’s paw in the sock. Then, tape the nail to the sock with just the right amount of pressure to stop the bleeding.
Hold your pet for 10 to 15 minutes to keep him still. You may also use an Elizabethan collar around his neck to prevent him from chewing or and removing the sock.
What to do if the bleeding does not stop
If our tips on how to stop dog nails from bleeding did not work on your dog, then it is time to take your pet to the veterinarian. After the treatment, the vet may ask you to take your dog back to the clinic for a follow-up check-up.
Dog nails are always in contact with dirt and soil so it is important to have your pet checked for signs of infection. If your dog shows any signs of pain in the affected paw, take him back to the clinic even before the scheduled follow-up check-up. Signs of infection include limping, swollen toes, and pus oozing from the infected nail.