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Is Your Dog’s Nail Bleeding? Treat Broken Dog Nails the Right Way

Dog’s Nail Bleeding

Broken Dog Nails can happen anytime to anyone but knowing how to stop Dog Nail Bleeding and treat the hurt pooch will make all the difference in comforting them.  

Accidents happen, all the time. Dogs are energetic animals and accidents always find a way to happen with them.

Broken Dog nail dog paw

A Broken dog nail can be a terrifying scene for a new dog owner. Blood is something that we want to normally keep inside our bodies, so when we see it coming out of our pets, we are terrified.

What causes Broken Nail in dogs? 

The most common cause of a broken or cracked dog nail is nails clipping. While you’re trimming your dog’s nails, it’s easy for this to happen. All it takes is for the dog to make a small and sudden movement of their paw in the wrong time to cause a nail to break, crack, or chip.

If you neglect to trim your dog’s nails for too long, the nails will get too long and with the friction and shocks on hard surfaces, you will end up with the dog toenails broken as well.

It’s always a good idea to take a minute and learn the easiest way of trimming your dog’s nails to avoid any trimming-related injuries in the future.

In some rare occasions, the dog is born with weaker nails that are more easily broken.

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The Symptoms of Broken Dog Nails 

There are some symptoms that tell you that your dog’s nails are cracked or broken, and they are pretty easy to notice.

  • Limping and not putting any weight on the paw while walking
  • If the dog favors a paw and holds it in the air while walking
  • Blood on the dog’s favorite resting spots
  • The dog constantly licks their paw
  • A Swollen toe or paw
  • The nail is at a strange angle
  • The dog will resist your examination of their paw

If you notice any of these signs, it’s recommended that you try to examine the paw. Be careful and don’t put any pressure on their foot or paw, and don’t force it if the dog refuses to let you see it.

relaxed dog broken dog nail

If your dog does allow you to examine their paw, it’s a good idea to consider having someone with you to help you out by distracting the dog and diverting their attention away from the pain. If your dog has some behavioral and anger problems, you might even consider a muzzle.

Remember: Broken nail in dogs is painful, try to understand that, don’t punish the dog for acting out when they are in pain.

Broken Dog Nails – How to Treat your Dog’s broken or Cracked dog nail 

If your dog has broken their nail all the way to the quick, you should probably take them to the vet promptly for proper treatment. However, this is rather rare, and, in most scenarios, it will only be a small piece of the dog’s nail that’s broken.

This is the case we are going to discuss here.

  • Remove the remaining piece of the broken dog nail carefully and gently 

There will be a remaining, dangling piece of nail that’s left. You should start by removing it carefully to prevent further injury, stop the pain coming from it, and allow for proper healing. In order for the new nail to grow and replace the old one, the old one must be removed completely first.

If the crack is at the tip of a long nail or it’s a small crack and doesn’t reach the quick, you can do that using pet nail clippers. This will make a clean cut in the nail and will help the new nail grow normally.

However, if it reaches the quick or comes very close to it, you are advised to do that while the dog is sedated, otherwise it will be extremely painful and the dog will bleed out.

  • Dog Nail Bleeding – How to Stop It

Removing the nail is likely to cause some bleeding, which is why you should have an emergency kit ready.

Apply styptic powder to the wound to stop the bleeding immediately by plugging the wound and preventing blood from coming out.

If you don’t have styptic powder or pencil at hand, cornstarch will do the trick or even regular flour. The key is to apply some to the wound and use a towel to compress gently for a couple of minutes to stop the bleeding.

  • Clean the Wound

After your dog calms down a bit, it’s time for a warm bath for their paw. Put their paw in warm water to remove any dirt or debris left on the wound.

  • Disinfect the area

After removing any traces of dirt and debris, spray a pet antiseptic on the toe to disinfect the damaged area. This will also help relieve any discomfort your dog is feeling from the open wound.

  • Bandage their paw

Wrap your dog’s paw in a loose-fitting bandage and use first-aid tape to hold the bandage in place. Note that dogs, naturally, don’t like to have their paws bandaged, so this can take a bit of effort.Bandage dog paw

You can also try placing a clean sock on their paw and tape it into place, this method will probably make the dog more comfortable.

If the dog really doesn’t like it and keeps pulling the bandage or socks off, you will want to place a plastic cone around their neck to prevent them from doing that. The wound needs a couple of days to heal, so your dog will just have to live with their E collar until they recover.

Be sure to change the bandage once or more daily to keep things clean in there as well as check the healing process. This will enable you to notice any signs of infection like swelling, oozing pus discharge, and/or bleeding.

If you do see signs of infection, your dog will need antibiotics, but this is better left to your vet.

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How to help your dog recover from a broken dog nail 

In the large majority of cases, dogs start to feel better in 2 days, but total recovery can take more time. For the nail to grow back completely, this can take back up to 2 weeks.

 During these two weeks, do your best to keep your dog’s paws on paw-friendly surfaces; avoid rocks, mud, snow, and sand. If you do remove the E Collar, make sure the dog doesn’t lick their paws, which is more challenging in practice than it sounds, as dogs tend to lick their wounds.

 Now that you know what to do in case of a broken dog nail of if you found your dog’s nail bleeding, tell us what else you want to learn about in the comments below!