hi, i cut daisey's nails today. i have done this many times, i did it like the vet showed me. well today she moved and i cut the quick of the nail and it is bleeding what should i do? i called the vet and i am waiting a return call, just wanted to see if something i could do before they call me back thanks
I agree with the above posters. After you dip it in something to dry it then don't touch it and don't let the dog get in any tall grass that will irritate it until it dries and stops hurting. A cut quick can be extremely painful but generally does not require a vet trip.
I would consider getting a rechargeable Dremel tool and using the sandpaper bands to grind the nails in the future. You will have more control of how much nail to remove and less chance of hurting the dog. There is a powder you can purchase to stop the bleeding if you did hit the quick of the nail. It is the same as the sticks men use for shaving cuts. I have used a Dremel on the nails of dogs, cats, ferrets and even rabitts with little to no problems with the animals.
You should put cornstarch on it. It doesn't just clog the bleeding area and dry it, but it actually causes the thin vessel (quick) that is bleeding to close, similar to burning an open wound but without the pain. I used to have rabbits and we did that whenever we accidently cut their nails too short, and it also works on my mastiff puppy!
I assume the vet has already called you back and the bleeding has stopped. If not, or if it happens again just douse the quick in flour, cornstarch or my preference - alum. This will help it dry and stop the bleeding. Don't touch it at all because it will cause the dog a lot of pain. It will heal on its own but avoid letting the dog get it wet or muddy/dirty as much as possible.
I totally feel for you, because I had the same experience, and just reading your post makes my knees go soft! I just wanted to add, that once you stop the bleeding and your dog seems to be ok, you should start touching his paws again, frequently. Prior to my accident with Molly, she would be totally ok with having her paws touched; didn't mind at all (she squirmed a bit when I cut the first few nails, but it was manageable). But after that cut, and the bleeding, etc., she didn't want me to go near her paws- any of them, but the back ones in particular. I knew I never wanted to cut her nails myself (although I did one more a few days later, to make sure that both her and I were able to get past it, and that was it), but I knew at some point a groomer would do it, and I didn't want her to be defensive, or scared. So my suggestion is go back to touching those paws and nails, a lot! until he's comfortable with it again. Oh, and as someone else suggested, a Dremmel tool might be the way to go. I recently got one, and I've been SLOWLY introducing Molly to it. She thinks it's a toy for now! Good luck.