How to Stop Your Dog’s Nail From Bleeding
Clipping a dog’s nails is an important part of its grooming. This helps prevent your pet from scratching and damaging your furniture. It also helps prevent injury to the pet’s paws. The trouble is if you cut your dog’s nail too short, there is a chance that it will bleed. Here is how to stop a dog’s nail from bleeding.
Cutting into the quick of your pet’s nails will always result in bleeding. This is because there are many blood vessels, nerve endings, and soft tissues in the quick. It is inadvertent that cutting too short can expose these blood vessels, causing dog nail bleeding. Here are the general guidelines on what you should do in the event that your pet’s nails start to bleed.
- Avoid panicking. Going into panic will prevent you from making the correct decisions as to how best to manage the situation. As already mentioned, it is a given fact that cutting the nails short is sometimes inevitable.
- Apply a substance or an agent that will promote hemostasis. There are commercially-available products as well as home remedies for this. We will share them with you later in this article.
- Protect the injured nail from further insults. Applying a constrictive bandage will limit blood flow. Keep the area clean to minimize the risk of introducing germs into the open wound.
- Remove pressure on the dog’s affected paw for about 30 minutes. Your pet should not stand or use its affected leg to walk, run, or stand. In other words, it would be best to keep your pet in a lying down position to relieve pressure from its affected paw.
- If the bleeding does not stop after 30 minutes, it is best to call your veterinarian. He can recommend a different treatment approach. He can also advise you to bring your pet dog to the clinic.
Stopping the Bleeding
Hemostatic agents are important in how to stop a dog’s toenail from bleeding. These are substances that promote hemostasis and stop the bleeding. They have different mechanisms of action. Some of them will contract the surrounding soft tissues in an effort to seal the leaking blood vessel. Others will put a “plug” on the opening of the wound. There are also those that will act on the blood particles themselves to initiate the clotting process. Here are some of the hemostatic agents used in stopping a bleeding toenail in dogs.
Styptic Pen or Powder
Dog groomers always have styptic powder or pen in their grooming kit. This is because styptic powder is one of the most effective agents for stopping bleeding. Styptic powder contains ferric subsulfate, which helps cluster the different blood particles together. This leads to the formation of a clump that will stop the bleeding. Styptic pen, on the other hand, contains silver nitrate. This substance can help promote soft tissue contraction to stop the bleeding.
Moisten a cotton applicator and dip this into the styptic powder. This will let the powder cling to the cotton applicator. Apply the powder on the injured toenail. Get a clean piece of paper towel and apply gentle pressure on the wound for about 30 seconds.
If you are using the styptic pen, you can wet its tip by dipping it in water. You can also drop a small amount of water on the styptic pen’s tip. Roll the pen against the dog’s bleeding toenail.
In both methods, your dog will feel a stinging sensation. This can make your dog jerk its affected leg. There is a tendency for the wound to reopen if your dog jerks its leg. Make sure to restrain your dog during the application of the styptic powder or pen.
If you cut dog’s nail too short and you want to stop the bleeding, you will only need to use a cornstarch paste. Unlike styptic powder, cornstarch does not contain ferric subsulfate. It does contain certain compounds that can hasten the clotting process.
Mix a small amount of water with cornstarch to make a paste. Use a Q-tip applicator to get a small amount of the cornstarch paste. Apply this over the injured toenail. Avoid wiping the blood away. You will need this to interact with the cornstarch paste and hasten the process of blood clotting. Put a clean piece of cloth or paper towel over the bleeding toenail. Apply gentle pressure for 2 to 3 minutes.
You can also use cornstarch powder, instead of making a paste. The method of application will be similar to using styptic powder. It is also possible to pour cornstarch in a bowl and dip your dog’s injured toenail in the powder.
Baking soda and flour can also be good substitutes for cornstarch. Just keep in mind that you have to press the part for at least two minutes. Also, avoid wiping the blood off of the injured toenail.
Bar of Soap
One of the most unusual ways on how to stop a dog’s nail from bleeding is to use a bar of soap. It is important to use only mild and unscented soaps in this situation. One does not want to introduce harsh chemicals into the open wound. The bar of soap will act as a “sealant” or a plug for the bleeding toenail. This can help promote faster coagulation.
Soften the bar of soap by immersing it in water for a minute or two. Glide the injured claw across the bar of soap. This will allow the damaged tissues to pick up some of the soap. You can also break the soap and get only a small piece. Soften the small soap and place it over the injured part. You can wrap the softened soap around the toenail, too.
Apply gentle and firm pressure for about 5 minutes. This method will only work on minor bleeding. If you see more profuse bleeding, then you should try other methods.
Learning how to stop a dog’s toenail from bleeding is an important skill that all pet parents should have. Knowing how to trim or cut the dog’s claws the correct way can also help prevent injuries to the pet’s toenails.