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It might not be a bad idea to visit the vet if it bleeds again this far out from the original episode, particularly if she's not doing anything that would make it bleed. Probably the two most common reasons for a nail to bleed again after it has been quicked and the bleeding stopped are: 1. clot/"scab" is abraded off by the dog walking/running and the nail scraping the ground; and 2. dog gets excited, blood pressure goes up, and clot breaks loose due to the higher BP. Of course, when you combine both factors, it can get messy fast ;) . So, try to keep her calm the next couple days, and don't walk her on abrasive surfaces. You might try putting a baby sock over the paw if walks are necessary, to add a little padding, without compromising airflow.

I've never heard of a dog actually bleeding to death from a quicked nail, though I believe it can be a risk for dogs with a clotting/bleeding disorder. My poor dachshund Annie once quicked EVERY nail on her hind feet and some on her front while playing ball on pavement at the school by my house, and I noticed midway home when I saw the "wet" pawprints (it was late at night and dark). I picked her up and carried her the rest of the way (2 blocks) and none were bleeding by the time we got home, though her paws were soaked with blood :( . She was fine, and surprisingly didn't seem sore- raring to go as usual. I just didn't walk her for a few days, and didn't bike her or play ball anywhere with asphalt for a couple weeks.

FYI- you can use cornstarch, flour, pepper, or bar soap (press nail into) as a non-pro method of stopping a bleeding nail in a pinch, but it works best when you actually press it and hold it on the end of the nail- get a little pinch and press it firmly against the bleeding tip. Next time don't use the towel, just your finger(s) :) . Sometimes just firm pressure from a finger is sufficient without even any "clotting aid". You can also buy styptic powder at the pet store (best solution), or if anyone in the house has a shaving kit, use the styptic pencil from that. If you want to get the blood off the paw, wait a while after it has stopped bleeding, and use cold/cool water, which causes constriction of the vessels, rather than increased blood flow. Just gently rinse, and don't mess with the nail a lot or try to scrub it.
 
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