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Old 06-20-2016, 10:15 PM
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Please help my dog's Toenail is bleeding!

Hi. So my dog got groomed today and my mom told the groomer to file down his nails. He was fine until now when he went out for a walk, and his paw is bleeding. I think it's coming from his nail but I can't really tell.

Please help I don't know if I should take him to the vet or just let him be.
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I would try to see if you can figure out if its coming from the nail or the actual pad. If its from the nail its most likely because a nail was filed to close to quick. If its the pad or paw is bleeding it could be a cut.
Is it bleeding heavily or lightly? Finding out were the bleeding is coming from and if its the nails or paw/pad can help when determining what to do.
Oh before I forget there are a couple of home remedies if it is the nail. If you have Styptic Powder use that (you use it if a dogs nail is cut to short and starts to bleed). If I remember correctly you can also use a paste of water and corn starch or flower.

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The groomer probably cut/filed the nails as short as they could without cutting the quick (or maybe even accidentally nicked the quick trying to get them short for you), and walking wore them down the last little bit, causing them to bleed. As someone else said, you can use styptic powder or stick from a shaving kit, or cornstarch or flour dabbed onto the end of the nail to cause it to clot more quickly. Also, try to keep the dog calm, as when they get excited, their blood pressure goes up, which makes them bleed more heavily. If you don't have any of those things on hand, even pressure from your finger should stop a nail from bleeding, or they will usually stop on their own after a few minutes if the dog is fairly calm (unless the dog has a medical condition which causes increased bleeding). If can't get it to stop bleeding, or its coming from somewhere other than the tip of the nail, you should head to your vet.

If it is the nail, in the future, you can either ask the groomer to not make the nails so short, or limit walks for a couple days post grooming so as to not wear the newly clipped nails down too far.
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