Last Modified on Sep 02, 2015
WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU CUT INTO THE QUICK OF A NAIL
Most pet owners have had to deal with that dreadful moment of what to do when as a result of clipping your pet's nails you accidentally cut into the quick. First of all let's make sure that you know exactly what the "quick" is. If you take a look at your pets nail (view the side area of the nail), you will see that part of the way up there is pink line portion inside the nail. This is the blood vessel of the nail and is called the quick. This is much more difficult to detect on black or dark colored nails, but if your pet's nails are white you should be able to see it easily.
It is often when attempting to trim those black or dark nails that accidents happen and we sometimes cut the nail too deeply and hit the quick. The problem with cutting into the quick of the nail is that it is extremely painful for our pet, and is very difficult to stem the flow of blood. Often once we think it has finally stopped, the animal moves to get up and just merely touching the nail on a hard floor or object causes it to bleed once again.
Some people choose to use a styptic powder such as Kwik-Stop to prevent further bleeding, but most of us don't have that on hand. There are a number of everyday products that work just as well to stop the bleeding and that are guaranteed to be found in almost every home.
Here are a couple of suggestions...
Grab a Dry Bar of Soap and gently rake the nail across the soap to block the blood flow
Fill the palm of your hand with Baby Powder, Baking Soda or Flour and dip the nail into the powder, making sure to coat it well so that the nail stops bleeding
The trick after you have stopped the bleeding is to keep the animal lying or sitting still for a good period of time so that the bleeding does not begin again.
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We were watching tv and our dog, Dixie was laying quietly with us so we decided to trim her nails and got one too close and she started to bleed. We looked for anything and my husband suggested using the computer and your web site came up. It listed baby powder, baking soda and flour...in my rush to stop the bleeding I grabbed the baking powder put about a teaspoon on my hand and we packed it against the bleeding nail. It worked within 10 minutes and we are still keeping her down at this time. Thank you for your help and your web site. This will be marked as a favorite! Thanks again!
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Posted by Quinn (Philadelphia, PA) on 08/07/2006
Another way to stop bleeding is with black pepper! It doesn't hurt and won't injure a pet (or human) if ingested. Small packets from fast food restaurants are great tucked into first aid kits, glove compartments and grooming supplies.
Posted by Sallypants (Calgary, CA) on 12/07/2014
I am ashamed to say that I let my daschihuahua's back paw develop an in-grown paw nail. It had circled around and grown into her paw pad. I cut the nail off when I found it, and then pulled it from her paw pad. I then proceeded to apply a castor oil pack (directions elsewhere on this site) and banished the infection overnight. Nice going, earth clinic - you helped me help my dog. No vet visit necessary.
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Posted by Jessica (Nashville, TN) on 08/29/2006
My doctor told me to use this instead of buying the items in the pet store. I was skeptical at first and was freaking out when I couldn't figure out exactly how to make it stop bleeding! But I just coated his nail with it and made him lay down for about 10 minutes. He actually went to sleep while I was holding his leg. Its an excellent method and much cheaper!
Posted by Tara C. (Warwick, Ri) on 09/02/2015
Thank you, thank you, thank you! I just trimmed my Rottweiler's black nails and cut one too short my mistake. It started bleeding and I felt terrible. I immediately looked online for a remedy and found your site. I used self rising flour and it stopped the bleeding in just a few minutes! I just put it in a bag and placed her foot inside. Then kept her calm. I can't thank you enough for this site and helping me make everything ok! She is happily chewing on a new bone and being still and calm (thanks to my guilty conscience) and making sure to give her booboo time to heal.
Posted by Candace Kaye (Warminster) on 05/07/2014
Cut my Boston's nail to short. Quickly went on line searching for an answer and found this site. I went with the flour on the nail. I actually mixed it with a little water and made a paste of it. Then applied it with a Q-tip. Worked great, but I had to reapply it because the blood kept breaking through. Hopefully there will not be a next time, but if there is I'm going to use the flour in a plastic baggie.
I did want to respond to the person in another post who was outraged at the thought of using Super Glue on the tipe of the nail. This is a procedure that is often used in emergency situations. During the Vietnam War soldiers carried it with them for closing wounds when they couldn't get immediate medical care. I also know someone who went to the ER after hitting their head on the edge of a metal plate, and rather than putting staples in his head, the doctor used Super Glue to close the wound. So it is safe to use and does not sting when applying.
Posted by Adrian (Kalamazoo, Michigan) on 01/21/2013
I have a Labrador and I accidently over cut one of her nails and I couldn't get the bleeding to stop. So I cleaned with hydrogen proxide and then fixed together flour and water to great a paste and used a q tip and put some the paste on her toe nail and held for about an hour and then dipped her same nail in four about 15 times just to make sure and left her sit and relax for about an hour. And all the bleeding stopped. Thank you so much.
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Posted by Jenny Martin (Portsmouth, Hampshire) on 01/13/2013
My Jackrussel/Chihuaha X needed his claws cut and one of them is black which l accidentally cut to short and it bled profusly after 2 hours l found your site and put his foot into a bag flour, after half an hour cuddle the bleed stopped so a very big thank you for your help.
Posted by Blazer (Vineyard Haven, Ma) on 09/29/2012
Thank you we used the flour and it worked awesome. I actually placed my dog's paw in my hand filled with flour then layed with him for about 30 minutes. The bleeding stopped and never started again.
Posted by Roby (Sydney, Australia) on 09/05/2012
YAY, thank you so much for this amazingly simple but so so wonderful remedy! For the first time ever, I cut my dog jesse's nail too short and it poured with blood! My son was panicked, and I quickly went to the web and read your advice.... I put a ziplock bag of flour over her paw, waited 15mins, and its stopped! Thankyou :)
Posted by Justjan (Tolland, Connecticut) on 01/22/2012
My Schipp's nails are black. I am so careful, but got the quick today... First time I've ever done that. He didn't even flinch, but he was bleeding terribly. I got online, saw this site and did the flour in a baggie. I held him and petted him for an hour (he loved it). He is sleeping soundly, the bleeding stopped, and I'm so grateful. Thank you!
Posted by Sami (Canada, Nova Scotia) on 01/11/2010
I was cutting my shelties nails and on the last nail I cut the quick. So I tried everything besides the vet and I went online and found your website. I put his paw in a cup of flour for five minutes. later I check on him and an hour later it work his nail stopped bleeding!!! :):D
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Posted by Erin (Seattle, WA, USA) on 03/28/2009
I was dog sitting a friend's dog who had really LONG completely black nails. I thought to be nice I would trim its nails since I know most people are afraid to do this themselves. Well, I made it with no problem until nail number 10...snip...blood! Ugh. I tried leaving the dog outside to clot but it was raining and it wouldn't dry. I tried using a tight bandage, the blood just soaked through the cotton. I tried the chemical powder vets use but I couldn't keep the dog still enough or apply enough powder to do anything! I thought for sure I was going to have to call to ask the dog's owners to see if the dog had a clotting problem. Then I read your posting about using baking soda or flour. Well I went for the flour. I filled a zip top bag and stuffed his paw in it for about 5 minutes...really coated his entire foot. Thank god - it work. Like a charm. And I didnt have to worry if he licked it, its just flour. So thank you for the suggestion. Thank you!
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Posted by Susan (Milton, WV) on 04/24/2008
I accidently stepped on my chihuahuas paw with my heeled shoes. She yelped and I thought that was that. Then I noticed bleeding and found that she lost her whole nail. I put 1/2 cup flour in a baggy and placed her paw in it. I twisted the top of the bag and put a clip to hold it. I held her for about 30 minutes to keep her off her foot. It stopped the bleeding very quickly.