It happens from time to time that the nail of a dog is separated from its quick, which can be really painful for the animal. This can be due to the nail being too long and getting caught on some object, or due to you cutting it with bad clippers that were far from sharp.
Regardless of the reason behind it, most dog owners won’t get away with at least once having to deal with the dog’s nail quick being exposed. So what can you do when this happens to your dog? Experts say that removing any broken parts of the nail should be a must, but not before going through nine very important steps to ensure that nothing bad will happen.
Very important! If you notice that your dog has other symptoms coupled with the exposed quick, like labored breathing, gagging, or vomiting, make sure you take him to the vet before doing anything else.
According to experts, these are the signs you should look out for, that would give out an issue when dealing with a dog’s nail getting broken.
Talk to your vet as soon as you notice any one of these symptoms.
Styptic powder, as well as styptic pencils and gels, can be bought from pet stores and are usually used by veterinarians, as well as dog owners and groomers to stop bleeding. These products are usually made from ferric subsulfate, which is used to stop bleeding, and Benzocaine, a well-known topical anesthetic that eases the pain.
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Some experts recommend that you make sure you have this product every time you prepare to cut your dog’s nails. It will be very useful when the nail either breaks or tears apart. Below you will find some guidelines for using styptic powders and pencils.
Keep in mind that there are multiple brands of gels and powders you can choose between. Make sure you read up on their reviews to make sure you get one that has a lot of satisfied customers.
A lot of people ask whether using super glue on the nail of the dog can help it heal faster when it is broken or split. This isn’t something I recommend, as styptic powder works a lot better, especially when you follow the steps I outline above.
There is actually a great way of preventing your dog from getting his nails split. According to Embrace, if you keep your dog’s nails as short as possible, you will rarely have to deal with this issue. This is why cutting the nails of the dog in time is a great idea.
You can get your dog on board with the trimming process if you couple it with treats and snacks.
Although using snacks will help keep your dog’s attention away from you and the trimming action, you should still try to make sure you’re not cutting too close to the quick. Remember that each dog has his own personality, so this might work with some dogs, while it might fail miserably with others.
I have outlined above some of the best methods to stop a dog’s nail from bleeding when it is broken.
Keep in mind that if the broken nail is coupled with vomiting, especially after treatment, difficulty in breathing, puss leaking from the wound, or swollen toes, then it is vital that you take your dog to the vet before trying anything else.