Styptic Powder for Toenails
Trimming nails is one job that can be harder to achieve than it first appears due to the construction of the dog's toenail. Accidents happen, even the most experienced groomers occasionally cut the nail to short exposing the quick.
Styptic Powder is used to stop bleeding caused when clipping nails to short. It’s quick and easy to use. Simply dip the nail in the powder and apply pressure until the bleeding stops. If bleeding does not stop, consult a veterinarian.
The quick is the soft, fleshy section inside the nail; it contains sensitive nerves and blood vessels that, when cut or “quicked”, causes pain and bleeding. Hers are a few things that can help make the experience easier for you and your dog when trimming nails.
- Purchase high quality, sharp nail clippers (Dull blades or cheap nail clippers that crush the nail are harder to use and more likely to damage the quick)
- Go slow, clip a small portion of the nail at a time until you get close to the soft, dark area, or quick, and stop.
- Have your styptic powder on hand when trimming nails so that if you do “quick” your pets nail, you can stop the bleeding and reduce pain as quickly as possible.
- The quick retraction with each trimming so the best way to reduce overgrown toenails is to trim small amounts weekly until reduced to the desired length.
Handy Tip: Apply styptic powder with a moistened cotton bud. If you run out of styptic powder you can use cornflour, while it doesn’t contains the clotting agents, it will clog up the quick and reduce bleeding.
If it doesn’t stop bleeding, contact you vet immediately.
Ingredients: Bentonite, Diatomite, Ammonium Chloride
Disclaimer: This is not veterinary advice but a layman’s description intended for your information only.
NZ Show Dogs accept no responsibility or liability associated with this description, and advise you to consult with a vet.