February 13, 2009, Newsletter Issue #5: Pet First Aid for a Bleeding Toenail

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Oh, no! You were cutting Barney's toenails and you cut too close. Now, his nail is bleeding and you are terrified. Is your beloved pet going to grow weak from blood loss before you can get to the vet? Don't panic. If you just cut a little too close to the quick, your pet will be fine. Just follow these tips for pet first aid for a bleeding toenail.

Start by grabbing your styptic pencil or powder. Then, apply the styptic to the bleeding nail. If you don't have any styptic on hand, grab a tablespoon of plain old white flour instead and apply the flour to the bleeding nail.

Wait a few seconds and see if the styptic or flour has stopped the blood flow. If so, keep an eye on your pet to make sure the bleeding doesn't start again. If the bleeding doesn't stop, call your vet immediately to ask for help.

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