What Are the Treatments for a Dog Nicked During Grooming?


Depending on the breed of your dog, grooming might be a necessity once a week or once a year. Pet owners may try to save money by doing it themselves, but if an accident happens, it's important to know what to do.

If left untreated, a cut may gather bacteria and develop an infection. Luckily, in most cases, the treatments are simple. If you are concerned about your ability to groom your dog, particularly if your dog is active and struggling, contact a professional groomer, who will have more experience and proper tools to groom your dog.

Stop the Bleeding

First, locate the source of the bleeding. Press gauze firmly against the wound for 5 to 10 minutes. If you don't have gauze, you can use a clean towel or shirt. Make sure it's clean or you could cause an infection.


  • If the wound doesn't stop bleeding after a few minutes or the wound is deep, consult your veterinarian. You should also consult your veterinarian if your dog seems irritated by the wound.

Cleaning the Wound

Pets WebMD suggests washing out the wound with tap water. You can use a syringe or put your dog under running water. Once you have removed any debris that might be in the wound, put surgical disinfectant, such as Betadine or Nolvasan, on it to kill any bacteria. Cover the wound with gauze and bandages to prevent your dog from licking the disinfectant.


  • If there is any swelling or smell, consult your veterinarian. You may want to have your veterinarian look at the wound regardless, depending on its size.

Bleeding During Nail Trim

An important piece of grooming is nail trimming, but this also can result in bleeding if you cut too much of the nail and nick the quick where the nerves and blood supply are. A cut quick can result in a lot of bleeding, but this is usually not something to worry about.

Products that can quickly stop bleeding such as Kwik Stop or styptic powder are available at pet stores. If you apply a little with a cotton swab, this will reduce bleeding almost immediately. If you don't have that on hand, cornstarch and flour will work similarly. Use light pressure when applying the treatment.

Try to keep your dog still for 15 to 20 minutes after the injury to avoid reinjuring the nail. If the bleeding lasts longer than 30 minutes, consult your veterinarian.

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