What to do if cut dog’s quick? Let’s Explore

How to treat a bleeding nail quick

If you’re dealing with a dog nail quick that is exposed, it’s likely bleeding. Try to get your dog to sit and lay down so you can examine it. Use a clean cloth to apply gentle pressure to stop the bleeding. This is a good time to bring out the heavy artillery – your dog’s favorite treats – to keep them still.

If the bleeding doesn’t stop after five minutes, apply styptic powder to the exposed quick. Keep your dog as calm as possible. The less excited your pup is, the slower the blood flow.

What Happens If You Cut a Dog’s Quick?

If you cut the quick on a dog’s nail, it’s going to bleed and since it’s a nerve, it will be painful for a dog for a few minutes.

How much the dog’s quick bleeds when it’s accidentally cut depends on how far down the quick was cut.

If the quick was just barely knicked, you might only see a small dot of blood and all you’ll have to do is apply a little pressure to the nail with a clean towel.

If the quick was cut farther down, you’ll need to apply pressure and use a clotting powder like Qwik Stop to help stop the bleeding nail.

If you don’t have clotting powder on hand you can use flour, baking soda, cornstarch or a bar of soap to help stop the bleeding.

How to Use Flour, Baking Soda, or Cornstarch to Stop the Bleeding

One home remedy to stop your dogs nail from bleeding is to use flour, baking soda, or cornstarch. You’ll need to thoroughly cover your dog’s nail with it, and then gently compress their nail with a towel or cloth for a few minutes until the bleeding stops.

How to Stop Your Dogs Nail from Bleeding with Flour, Baking Soda or Cornstarch:

  • Pour some flour, baking soda or cornstarch into your palm
  • Gently dip your dog’s nail into the flour, baking soda or cornstarch
  • If the bleeding doesn’t stop dip their nail once again (don’t wipe off your dog’s nail before dipping again)
  • Gently compress your dog’s nail with a cloth or towel for a few minutes until the bleeding stops
  • If your dog isn’t a fan of having their nail dipped you can use a cotton applicator to apply the flour, baking soda or cornstarch onto their nail. If the bleeding doesn’t stop right away put some more on their nail. Don’t wipe off your dog’s nail between applications; the flour, cornstarch or baking soda that is on there will help aid in coagulation. Gently compress your dog’s nail with a paper towel or cloth until the bleeding stops.

    What To Do If You Cut the Nail Quick of Your Dog

    No other grooming task is more dreaded by owner and pet alike than dog nail trimming. This task seems simple, but one misplaced snip is all it takes to accidentally injure your dog’s paw — and make them stop trusting your grooming abilities.

    Many dogs have solid black nails, making it impossible to see the quick, which contains live blood vessels. You should only trim off the tip, but if you accidentally cut your dog’s nails too short, they may yip in pain and start bleeding.

    Although this is usually not life-threatening, you still don’t want your pup to be in pain. Plus, blood can get on furniture, clothing, and the carpet if you don’t stop the bleeding quickly.