I had the most horrid experience tonight. I was clipping my baby dog’s toe nails and she jerked. It happened at the exact same time I clipped. It took too much off and she began to bleed and bleed. I wrapped it in gauze, but it didn’t take long for her to get it off. I know how dangerous it is for a dog’s nails to be too short. So, I headed to the internet for answers.
I found out that making a paste of flour and water, then applying it to the nail will stop the bleeding. I put the paste on there and watched it for a bit and no blood seeped through the paste. I decided that it was time to wrap it again, so hubby held her while I put gauze back on the bottom of her foot and taped it up. She seemed very content and at peace. Some of the other recommended kitchen items were baking soda or corn starch.
I wasn’t going to stop until I found the answer to stop the bleeding. It scared the crap out of me!! My poor baby has already been through so much. At one time, she wouldn’t even let me touch her nails. They’d get so long, she could barely walk. I’d have the vet cut them, but she’d cry and yelp so loud, you’d think someone was killing her. Then all of a sudden one day, it was like she realized how good short nails felt, so she let me cut them without too much pulling away or crying. She’d be full of spit and vinegar when I was done and run around like she felt like a new puppy!! This time, she lost patience and pulled away. It hurt me as much as it hurt her. My worst fear is that she won’t trust me again and I might have to start from scratch trying to clip her nails.
No matter what, the most important thing to me is that it appears that the bleeding has stopped. The only thing I couldn’t find was how long to leave it wrapped. I think if she leaves it alone, I’ll leave it on at least a couple days and give it a chance to heal. Even after that, I’m going to put antibacterial ointment on it after she goes outside. Thankfully, she’s doesn’t like it outside unless it’s totally necessary!!
So my readers, if you should ever have a dog toe nail clipping accident, remember the flour and water paste!!