How do you use styptic powder to stop bleeding caused by cutting the quick?

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As hard as you might try to avoid accidentally cutting the quick while you’re trimming your cat’s nail, it will still sometimes happen. In the event that the quick is punctured, it will often bleed. How much it bleeds depends on how much was cut. If it just bleeds a little, it will probably stop on its own, however, if it bleeds more than expected, you may need to make it stop.

Styptic powder is an anti-hemorrhagic agent that stops bleeding by contracting tissue and sealing injured blood vessels. It is relatively inexpensive, and it’s a good idea to keep on hand for nail trims.

Before you start trimming your pet’s nails, pour a little of the powder into the cap or onto a paper towel. This will prevent you from having to scramble for it in the event you need to reach it quickly. You can always pour the unused powder back into the container, so don’t worry about over pouring.

When a nail bleeds, hold a tissue or gauze on it to temporarily stop the bleeding, and wipe off excess blood. Then, use your fingertip to pick up a bit of powder and put it on the area that’s bleeding. Some people find it helpful to dampen the tip of their finger a little to hold the powder. Pack the powder onto the tip of the nail that’s bleeding and hold it there a few seconds with your finger.

It’s important to wipe the excess blood off first so that the powder can reach the injured area. Do note that you may need to apply it a few times. Wipe off the blood each time and pack a little more of the powder onto the affected area. If you are worried that you can’t stop the bleeding by yourself, simply contact your veterinarian for advice.

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