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How to stop a dog’s nail from bleeding?

How to stop a dog’s nail from bleeding?

Cutting a dog’s nails is a risky business. No matter how careful you are it can always happen that you hurt your dog. Sometimes we get distracted by the smallest things, and when this happens while cutting your dog’s nails you can easily end up with a bleeding pooch. But what to do when you have a whining dog and a bleeding nail? What should you do? What are the best ways to help and how to stop a dog’s nail from bleeding?

Now, we know this is a stressful moment, but, the most important thing for you to do is to stay calm! You won’t help your dog by panicking. We agree that it’s scary seeing your dog bleed, but it can be fixed. You can help your dog.

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How to trim your dog’s nails

Before we explain what you should do if your dog’s nail is bleeding, let’s revise what the right way to trim dog nails is. Cutting the nails is a very important part of dog grooming that should never be skipped nor taken lightly.

Dog nail trimming

The first step of nail trimming begins even before the nail trimming. Firstly, make sure your dog is relaxed and calm. The best way to achieve this is to take your dog on a nice long walk before the nail cutting.

The next step should be cleaning your dog’s paws and nails. In the case that you cut too much and have a bleeding nail, you won’t risk an infection.

Also read: How To Trim Dog Nails? Step-By-Step Guide

Next, hold your dog firmly, so he or she can’t fuss around. When you are clipping the nails on your dog’s front paws the best technique is to hold your forearm over the dog’s neck to prevent him from lifting his head.

Always, always, always use sharp clippers! Also, always cut off the tip of each nail at a slight angle. Avoid the vein that runs into the nail, also called the quick.

The anatomy of a dog's nail
The anatomy of a dog’s nail and how to cut a dog’s nail explained

How to stop a dog’s nail from bleeding?

There are several ways to stop a dog’s bleeding nail, but the most important thing is to be prepared in advance and have emergency supplies within reach!

Styptic powder

Styptic powder is definitely the safest and best way to stop a dog’s bleeding nail, and it’s what most veterinarians and groomers use to treat small cuts! It works so great because it contains Benzocaine, a topical anesthetic that eases your dog’s pain. It also contains ferric subsulfate, which helps to stop bleeding.

Basically, what the styptic powder does is helps to clot the blood and prevent bacteria from entering the bloodstream.

There are two possible ways to use styptic powder. Firstly, you can directly dip your dog’s bleeding nail into the styptic powder which will stop the bleeding immediately. You can also use a moistened applicator like a swab or q-tip, in this case, you have to apply moderate pressure to your dog’s nail for a few minutes, or until the bleeding has stopped.

Natural ways to stop a dog’s nail from bleeding

There are also a few natural ways to stop a dog’s nail from bleeding, but please keep in mind that they are not as effective and safe as styptic powder.

Baking soda, flour, cornstarch

One natural remedy for stopping your dog’s nail from bleeding is to use baking soda, flour or cornstarch. Like with the styptic powder, you just dip your dog’s paw into either of these three. After this gently compress their nail with a towel or cloth until the bleeding stops.


To stop your dog’s nail from bleeding you can also use a bar of soap. For this, to work you need to dampen the soap so it becomes mushy and soft. Then dip the bleeding nail into the bar of soap applying pressure for three to five minutes.


The best way to stop a dog’s nail from bleeding is definitely to use styptic powder so it’s good to keep some around the house. If you don’t have the styptic powder in your home, but your dog is already bleeding, get cornstarch, flour, or baking powder, these will do the trick too!

If you’re out of these as well, grab a bar of soap! But, if you notice that your dog’s nail is still bleeding even after 20 minutes, it’s time to call your veterinarian!