What is styptic powder?

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No matter how hard you try to avoid accidentally cutting the quick when trimming your cat’s nail, it could still happen.

Fortunately, this is not cause for alarm. While it can be a little painful, and your cat might jump or cry, it is not an medical emergency. The quick will often bleed, but the duration of injury depends entirely on how much was cut. If it just bleeds a little, it will probably stop on its own. However, if the cut bleeds more, you may need to help stop the bleeding with a little assistance.

Styptic powder is one of the most popular ways to stop bleeding. Yellow in color, styptic powder is a type of anti-hemorrhagic agent that stops bleeding by contracting tissue to seal injured blood vessels. It is a relatively inexpensive product and a good idea to keep on hand for nail trims, or in the event that your cat accidentally tears a nail.

Before you even start the trimming process, prepare for a possible accident by pouring a bit of styptic powder on a paper towel. This way, you don’t have to rush to get some out if you need it after a cut. If you don’t use it, you can simply pour it back into the container. When a nail bleeds, hold a tissue or gauze on it to temporarily stop the bleeding, then pick up a bit of powder with your finger tip and put it on the affected area.

It’s important to wipe the excess blood off first so that the powder can reach the injured area.

It’s important to 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 area. If you are worried that you can’t stop the bleeding by yourself, contact your veterinarian for help.

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