What Should You Do If You Accidentally Cut Your Dog's Nails Too Short?

Most of us have accidentally cut our nails a bit too short at some point in our lives. We are all too familiar with that uncomfortable feeling of sensitivity when the newly exposed bit of skin makes contact with something.

Some of us may have even cut our nails to the point that they bleed. If you have done this, then you would know the pain and discomfort that comes with it! Just like us, the same can happen to our canine companions too. Whether it is a groomer or yourself, accidents do tend to happen. When they do happen, there are a number of things you can do to help address the situation:

  • First and foremost… do not panic!
  • Corn starch and water: mixing these ingredients together, this mixture will clot on the bleeding area and help stop further bleeding. You can apply it using an earbud (gently, of course!)
  • Styptic powder or pen: this is specially formulated for dogs. Containing silver nitrate, the ingredient is designed for nail bleeds and can be lightly pressed on with a paper towel and pressure.
  • A bar of soap: you can use a bar of soap which is slightly wet. Hold it onto the bleeding nail with light pressure for about 5 minutes, and it will do the job of disinfection too!
  • Potassium permanganate: this is a purple crystal usually used by vets to stop nail bleeds. You can use it in water with an earbud, and lightly place it on the bleed with light pressure for about 30 seconds.

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