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Old 09-25-2013, 06:26 PM
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Dog's Nail Cut Too Short (bleeding)

I was down to the last nail to be cut and would you know it; I cut off too much and could not stop the bleeding. I used styptic powder and it did not work. So off to the vet to get treated. They advised me that next time this happens, try flour. So I will remember that.
So my questions are:
1. Does the Quick recede soon after trimming the nails?
2. What is the normal length of the Quick in relation to the length of the nail?
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Old 09-25-2013, 07:04 PM
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So sorry my iphone sent that before i was flnished!

Flour does work, it's been a life saver when my dog has caught his nail and ripped it off!

The quick does recede the more the nail is trimmed, it is hard to say what the normal length of the quick is in relation to the nail as it does differ; if the nails are left untrimmed for a while for example, the quick will grow further and further down.

Generally speaking the part where nail gets thicker, and begins to curl is where the quick should stop. But does vary, so it's best to snip little bits at a time from the ends if you are unsure. Cutting a quick can really hurt and therefore put a dog off letting you handle their paws again so best to be overly cautious at times!
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Where the quick is can vary from dog to dog, you're best bet to avoid it is to trim a little of the nail off wait a week then trim a little more until you get them to the desired length. You can also use a dramel to file them back.

The way you can tell you are getting ready to hit the quick it that the part of the nail you trim off will have a dot of white in it, or if using the dramel you'd file till you see a bit of white.

With the dramel you have to be careful not to leave it on the nail to long since it will heat the nail up causing the dog pain.
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^^ what ScruffyChops said
Also, I have never used it before but I have heard black pepper stops nail bleeds as well...I wouldn't put it on a flesh wound, obviously, but it's apparently good for blood clotting nails.
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Cornstarch also works, if you's short on flour.
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Thanks All,
I'll make sure I have small containers set aside for flour and cornstarch. I use both a dremel tool and a Miller's Forge. I will be more careful when using the Miller's. The Miller's Forge gets the job done much sooner. It's good to know that the Quick recedes the more the nail is trimmed.
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my vet explained to always be on the safe side, you press underneath the toe pad and on the toe knuckle and the nail will extend. Never cut further than the tip of the nail that is longer that the bottom of the toe pad.

Black nails suck....hehehe
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yes for flour to stop the bleeding if you don't have clotting powder, and cut the nail no closer than about two millimeters from the quick.
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i use the millars forage clippers, they are great long lasting but sharp. after many practice attempts on my dog i have mastered them. I have learned how to take little slivers of nail at a time, making me much more efficient. one of the biggest factors about hitting the quick is to remain calm. we all know that dogs can feed off your energy, so if you panic or someone in the room panics, it heightens the chance of dog freaking out and that can be messy. I have different methods i use for different dogs, but my general rule of thumb is always cut ahead of where you think you should. i have noticed on some breeds the quick seems to stay long. Pitbulls, dobermans, pugs and bulldogs are some of them.
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I prefer to bring my pet directly to the vet so that they will take care everything when it comes to grooming. Clipping the nails is very hard especially if your pet is very hyper. I don't want to take risk of my pet's nail.I am just being careful.
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