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Trimming pet's nails too short: What should I do?


Ever cut your pet’s nails too short and the bleeding won't stop?

Cutting nails

Almost every pet owner who trims their pets nail has cut a nail too short.  It happens to everyone.

There are many ways to stop a bleeding nail.  It’s important to note that if you see blood then the nerve of that nail was injured too, which means it will hurt your pet a little. 

Some pets are braver than other while others may act like their entire leg is broken.  Just like people; some are braver with pain that others.  The good news is the pain is very brief, lasting just a couple of minute.  The bleeding can last longer because every time the pet step on the nail they remove the clot that is trying to form and it keeps re-bleeding. 

The other good news is that a bleeding toe nail will eventually stop on its own, but it may take a long time.  The amount of blood that a healthy dog or cat loses from a bleeding toe nail is not significant, but it certainly can look like a lot. 

Any of the below methods will work to stop the bleeding, but remember that your pet may be painful so it’s important that you are careful to avoid your pet snapping at you. 

1)  Baking powder, corn starch or white flower.  Pack some into the end of the bleeding nail to stop the bleeding.  None of these sting the pet, but putting it on the nail may hurt.  It may take a couple of tries of packing it on the bleeding nail before the bleeding stops.  After a couple hours and after the bleeding has stopped you can soak the paw to remove the substance.

2) Use a styptic pencil (you can purchase one from a pharmacy).  These generally do sting, but do a quick an effective job of stopping the bleeding.

3)  Take a mild bar of soap (like Ivory soap), cut off a small sliver and apply it to the bleeding nail.  This may sting a little and take a couple of tries, but is effective.  If it is not a mild soap it will definitely sting.

If you or someone you know believes that their animal is in need of immediate medical attention, please call VESCONE at 781.684.8387. We are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.


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