How to Treat Your Dog's Bleeding Nail

By Contributing Writer


Sometimes when a dog is being groomed and a nail is cut too short so that the clippers enter the nerve and nail bed, the dog will bleed from its toenail. This article will cover two methods of dealing with the bleeding nail. One is homeopathic, and the other is a good old-fashioned medical treatment. Read on and choose what sounds best to you.

Step 1

Gather your supplies around where your dog is sitting. Sometimes when there is an injury such as a bleeding nail, there is no pain involved. If there is pain, it is minimal and your dog will not pay much attention to what you are doing. If your dog is hyper, you will have to work quickly to stop the bleeding. There are two methods we will learn about, the Homeopathic, and good old-fashioned medical treatment.

Step 2

The Homeopathic method is to use a clean, dry rag to rub over the end of the nail to wipe away excess blood from the area.

Step 3

Place a small amount of pepper in the palm of your hand and dip the nail into the pepper and hold for 5 seconds. This gives the pepper a chance to adhere to the blood that is escaping.

Step 4

If you see bleeding again in a few moments, reapply the pepper until the bleeding has stopped.

Step 5

The medical way of dealing with your dog's bleeding nail is to begin by dipping a cotton swab into a small amount of peroxide to rub onto the nail. Rub the end of the nail with the peroxide swab.

Step 6

Once you have the old blood removed, gently apply pressure with a clean rag to the end of the nail. Press firmly for about 20 seconds, and then let go.

Step 7

Watch the nail to see if the bleeding has ceased. If the bleeding persists, continue applying pressure in 20 second intervals for two minutes, with a ten second break in between sessions. This should help the blood to clot and cease the seepage.

Step 8

Either choice you used for stopping the bleeding of your dog's nail will work sufficiently. Try not to submerge your dog's nail in water, as water will speed the rate of bleeding. For more information, contact your local Veterinarian.
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