How to use a styptic powder to stop kwik?

Beth Ann from LA asked us:

Hello CATPET!
What is styptic powder, and what is it used for? What are the best methods for applying the powder? How long should pet parents keep it on their pets, and what are the best methods for removing the powder from your pet? Can styptic powders be harmful to your pet if they lick their paw while they have the powder on them? Sorry for too many questions but these are really important for me and also may be useful for your audience!

Beth Ann

Here go the answers by Claudine Sievert, DVM:

What styptic powder is 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.

How to use kwik stop styptic powder?

First, please dip your finger in 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.

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.

Is styptic powder harmful to cats?

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 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.


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