Doing a few at-home grooming tasks can save you a lot of money over the course of the year. Bathing, brushing and clipping your pet's nails are simple things that you can do to save yourself time and money. As long as you understand how to stop dog nail bleeding, you shouldn't have any trouble.
I know a lot of dog owners are nervous about trimming their furry friend's nails. It is an intimidating task, but you shouldn't stress about it. As long as you are careful and do a bit of studying beforehand, and follow grooming safety guidelines, you should be fine.
If you have never trimmed your dog's nails before and are new to this, I recommend you watching my other video guide on how to cut your dog's nails safely without anxiety. You can find it at the bottom of this article.
Once you understand what needs to be done, it's just a matter of relaxing yourself and your pooch, and getting to work. Remember, if you're nervous and stressed then your dog will sense that and his own anxiety will grow too. Staying calm when cutting dog's nails is very important.
Nail types matter too. If your dog has white nails, it will be easy to see the pink quick through the nail. If your dog has black or brown nails, it will be impossible to tell exactly where the quick is. You want to focus on only clipping off the pointed end of the nail.
The worst thing that can happen is that you clip a little too much nail and accidentally cut into the quick. Don't worry. Even the most experienced dog groomers do this once in a while. If you understand how to stop dog nail bleeding you'll be able to rectify the problem in just a few seconds.
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How to Stop Dog Nail Bleeding
Instructional Step-by-Step Guide
Supplies you'll need
Styptic powder is the product used by most professional groomers when needing to know how to stop dog nail bleeding, and there are several brands to choose from. Styptic powder is a clotting agent that works by contracting the blood vessels.
Not only will styptic powder stop the bleeding, it also prevents bacteria from getting into the bloodstream. It's available at virtually every pet store, and is fairly affordable. Cardinal Laboratories makes one of the most popular brands of styptic powder, and you can pick up 1.5-ounce container on Amazon for under $9.
Styptic pencils can also be used. They are very similar, but they come in a much easier to use form. All you have to do is press the tip of the pencil on your pet's nail instead of pressing a pinch of powder onto his nail.
Considering that you only use a pinch of this powder when you need it, it's very affordable. Chances are, you'll be able to use one container for many years. However, if you're looking for safer or more affordable options there are a few things you can use that you'll likely find right in your kitchen cupboard.
When learning how to stop dog nail bleeding, you probably already have the supplies that you need. As you'll see in my video guide, I use corn starch to clot the blood. You can also use baking soda, flour or scent free soap.
I prefer to use corn starch because it seems to work the best, but flour works well too if you don't have corn starch on hand. I prefer these methods as they are chemical free, and styptic powder is also said to sting a little bit.
I've used styptic powder in the past, and it didn't seem to bother my dogs at all. However, most experts in the field will tell you that it will leave a mild stinging sensation, so I prefer the all-natural method.
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How to stop dog nail bleeding
You'll know as soon as you clip the quick, as your dog will probably whine, flinch or both. Check to see if the nail is bleeding, because sometimes it's just very sensitive if you get extremely close.
If it is bleeding, apply slight pressure with a clean cloth or paper towel for about 2 minutes. This will help to control the bleeding. You'll notice that it bleeds a lot very quickly at first. Don't worry; this is completely normal.
As I demonstrate in my video guide, after you've compressed the nail for 2 minutes you'll need to dab styptic powder (or whatever clotting agent you're using) on the end of the nail. Just take a small pinch of the powder and place it gently on the tip of the nail.
It will stick to the blood and begin to help the clotting process. If you notice a bit of blood, just apply another layer of powder.
If the blood doesn't completely clot after 20 minutes, you need to take your dog to the vet.
When learning how to stop dog nail bleeding, this process should only take about 5-10 minutes. However, you're still going to need to keep your dog calm and still for about 30 minutes more.
You don't want him walking around putting pressure on the paw or the bleeding could start up again. Keep him off his feet and prevent him from licking the wound for at least half an hour.
If you're a first time dog nail clipper, watch my video guide on how to cut dog nails for help with this common grooming task. It's easier than you may think.