Hidden Valley Animal Clinic

100 Oakhurst Drive
McMurray, PA 15317



Nail Clipped Too Short

It is a good idea to have shaving alum or styptic pencils at home for general first aid – when a nail is accidentally cut too short, you will have the necessary tools on hand to stop bleeding.  Alum and styptic pencils can be purchased over the counter at drug stores in the first aid supply area.

If you don't have alum or a styptic pencil, you can use flour or corn starch to help stop bleeding.  Pack a small amount in the cut nail end and apply pressure.  Cutting a nail so short that it bleeds is not a medical emergency.