Part of the responsibility of owning a pet is keeping it well-groomed and in healthy tip-top shape. One of the chores most of you must have faced is cutting your dogs’ nails. As a dog groomer myself, I can tell you it is not as terrifying as it may seem. I am sure you have cut a nail when your dog flinched because you got to close to the quick, and then the blood starts coming out. It can be frustrating for your dog and you, as your dog is bleeding all over the floors and carpets while the dog escapes.
It is more difficult for dogs with dark nails because it is virtually impossible to see where the quick is, unlike dogs with the light colored nails. At any rate, any nail can accidentally be clipped too short . . . but there are things that you can do to stop the bleeding without running to the emergency room.
These are some of the tips I give my customers, friends and family should your dog’s nail begin to bleed . . .
· Be sure when you begin cutting nails that you keep him/her in one spot on tile and possibly a clean towel.
· Keep your dog calm without distractions. The calmer the dog is, the lower the blood pressure, producing less blood.
· Keep extra towels/paper towels nearby.
· Purchase some septic powder from a pet store to keep nearby at such a time. If you do not have styptic powder, in an emergency you can use flour or cornstarch and pack it into the bleeding nail.
· Another remedy in a pinch is to stick the nail in a bar of soap. The soap will get into the nail, to block off the bleeding.
· If all else fails, you can bandage the area but using the styptic powder is your very best bet and the bleeding will stop. I use Kwik Stop, purchased at the better pet stores and I highly recommend it.
If you are fearful of cutting the nails or going to short, you can opt for the new nail grinders, which are safe to use. Some dogs do not like the vibrations of the grinders but if you can start early and do a few nails at a time, it may be a better option.
For all your grooming needs of your small sized dogs near the Rockford area, just write to Pup-E-Luv Grooming at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions and appointments.
For help in bringing out the smarts in your special canine in your area, try these:
Tails A Waggin Dog Training, 3412 Minnesota Drive, Rockford, IL 61108-5928, (815) 226-9317
http://www.forestcitydog.com, http://www.jpsdogtraining.com/. There are more choices in the Rockford area for the benefit of your favorite pooch.
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