The clicking sound of the dog's toenails against the floor is a sign for the owner to get the nail clipper as it is again nail trimming time. Trimming the dog's nails should be made a part of the grooming routine. Long toenails would have an effect on the stride of the dog. Moreover, dog nails that are allowed to grow long can be broken and cause the dog pain and discomfort. Because most dogs would show resistance to nail trimming, owners would often put off this grooming routine. Nail trimming can be a challenge especially if the pet shows resistance as the quick is often cut and results to profuse bleeding.

Cutting the quick would cause profuse bleeding because of the number of capillaries present on the nail bed. The bleeding of a nail cut too short is not a serious condition. Bleeding can be controlled with styptic powder. If styptic powder is not available, cornstarch or flour applied on the nail will stop the bleeding.

Most dog owners would panic if the pet would come home one day trailing bloody footprints. Due to the energetic nature of dogs, most dog owner have gotten accustomed to dealing with the scrapes the pet get into. Dogs would often sustain broken toenails.

A broken toenail would not only bleed a lot, it would also cause the dog pain especially if a piece of the torn nail is still attached. If the still attached broken nail is disturbed like getting snagged on the carpet, it can bleed again and make the dog cry in pain. A broken and bleeding toenail is not a serious condition, one that would not really need a vet's attention. Dog owners that bring the pet to the vets would find that the pet is no longer bleeding upon arrival at the vets.

To save the pet from discomfort and to prevent infection a dog owner need to administer first aid to the pet's broken toenail. The broken toenail has to be removed. A nail clipper can remove the broken toenail that is still attached. Toenails that are barely attached would be easy to remove. Clean the paw and the toes after the toenail was removed. If the torn nail bleeds again, use gauze to apply pressure to nail to control bleeding. A dog would need to be taken to a vet if a large portion of the nail was broken. A short course of antibiotics will prevent infection.

Sarah's Dogs provides more information on broken toenails as well as first aid for dogs.

Sat, Jan 22, 2022

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