How long does it take for a dog’s claw to heal? Simple and Effective Tips

How long does it take for a dog quick to stop bleeding?

If you apply styptic powder or a styptic pencil to your dog nail, bleeding from a cut quick should stop within two minutes. Corn starch or flour on a Q-tip should also do the trick in a pinch. You may need to see the vet if the blood does not stop within 15 to 20 minutes.

Excessive bleeding that does not stop may need the vet to assess the depth of the injury. They may need to surgically remove part of the nail and prescribe antibiotics.

If the injury is severe but the bleeding does not stop, your vet may need to check for a blood clotting disorder such as von Willebrand’s disease.

What to do if dog ripped toenail completely off

In the case of broken nails or where the dog nail separated from the quick, a trip to the vet is necessary. But first, there are several steps you can take at home.

Why are broken nails such a problem?

The nails of dogs consist of a central collection of blood vessels and nerves that are called the quick. The quick is covered by a layer of hard material called keratin, which surrounds these sensitive structures to protect them. The quick is living tissue while the keratin is not. That is why trimming the tip of the nail is not painful for your pet but exposing the quick is uncomfortable. The quick is also attached to the bone, so any damage to the quick can lead to an infection in the bone, which is very serious.

There are normally 5 toes on each front foot and four on each rear foot, but sometimes an extra nail called a dew claw is located higher up on the foot. All nails except the dew claws are worn down when the dog walks on hard surfaces such as the sidewalk, but normal wear may not keep nails short enough, making it necessary to trim your dog’s nails. Dew claws do not bear weight so they need to be trimmed more frequently and are more susceptible to breaking.

Broken Nail. How a vet fixes a broken dog nail with Dr. Dan.

Generally, dogs start feeling better within 48 hours. Total recovery takes some time, as the nail needs to re-grow so to completely cover the vulnerable quick. Generally, this takes two weeks according to Dr. Fiona.