In this article, I want to share one less-known product that can help promote blood clotting and healing of wounds – styptic powder.
Have you ever found yourself in one of these situations:
– Your cat gets a little too enthusiastic with its claws during playtime
– You misjudge the angle while trimming a dog’s nails
– You’re shaving and accidentally nick yourself
If any of these sounds is familiar, then you know the feeling of seeing bright red blood welling up from a cut. In most cases, the bleeding will stop on its own within a few minutes. But sometimes it doesn’t, and that’s where the styptic powder comes in handy.
What is styptic powder, and what is it used for?
Styptic powder is an antihemorrhagic agent vets use to stop bleeding from too closely clipped nails of a pet. First and widely used in military medicine, styptic powders now save dogs, cats, and rabbits from the problems with a blood vessel (known as “quick”) they have inside their nails.
What are the best methods for applying the powder?
First, please dip your finger in the water. After that, dip that finger in the styptic powder and apply it to the bleeding zone of a pet. If you see that bleeding is intensive, please press your finger to it gently and hold it for a couple of minutes.
For better results, make sure a pet is calm and not too active: It will help with hemostasis and prevent it from repetitive bleeding. Also, let a pet stay in a cool place for 10-20 minutes: As we know, hot temperatures provoke repetitive bleedings as well.
How long should pet parents keep it on their pets, and what are the best methods for removing the powder from your pet?
The most active action period of styptic powder is the first 5-10 minutes after it has been applied. However, I would advise leaving it for 24 hours to avoid repetitive bleedings. After that, you can wash a pet’s paw under cool water to remove the powder gently.
Can styptic powders be harmful to your pet if they lick their paw while they have the powder on them?
Styptic powders aren’t toxic for pets, and their applied amounts are minimal, so you shouldn’t worry that your cat or dog licks powdered paws and gets poisoned. An exception is for pets with allergies or digestion problems: If it’s the case, you can put a comfy cone on a paw to prevent a pet from licking it.
At the end of the day, it’s essential to know that styptic powders are a temporary solution for bleeding nails. If your beloved animal has a chronic problem with bleeding nails, it’s time to visit a vet and find out the root of the issue to help your furry friend in the long term.