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Bleeding Toenail

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    Patricia Dowling
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    Help, we were trimming our puppy’s nails and cut too short and it is bleeding a minimal amount. We don’t have any styptic powder, I have read cornstarch is ok. What do you think? Thanks for any help!

    #1919

    Dr. Jeff Feinman
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    [quote=jreppond]Help, we were trimming our puppy’s nails and cut too short and it is bleeding a minimal amount. We don’t have any styptic powder, I have read cornstarch is ok.[/quote]

    Cornstarch works great as will anything which helps the clot form. You can even take a few strands of cotton and pack it into the tip of the nail to stop the bleeding (the fibers act like an artifical temporary clot).

    If the bleeding persists for more than a few minutes (be sure to keep her quiet during this time) your vet may have to cauterize the nail. If nail (or other) bleeding becomes a persistent problem then you may want to have your vet check clotting times to make sure that there isn’t a coagulation disorder.

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    Patricia Dowling
    Participant

    The cornstarch worked fine. It wasn’t bleeding profusely, but he is so small, so we worried. Thanks.

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