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Best Styptic Powders for 2020

You may have heard of styptic pencils, which can be used on humans to stop bleeding from cuts when shaving or in the kitchen.

Well, if you are thinking of using a pair of dog nail clippers at home to cut your pooches claws, you may want to have some styptic powder for dogs to hand.

It is something which is used in the veterinary trade to stop bleeding from nails that are clipped too closely and can also stop bleeding from general scratches and injuries your dog can pick up.

It is essential to have in any pet first aid kit, or before your first time trimming nails, so take a look at the ones we rate as the best to ensure your pup is safe.

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    Our Top Picks

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    Miracle Care Kwik-Stop Styptic Powder
    • Used on skin and claws
    • Contains Benzocaine for pain relief
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    Furbuster Styptic Powder
    • Good to carry around
    • Also includes nail file
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    PetSol Styptic Powder
    • Made in the UK
    • Helps to sterilise wound
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    The Top 5 Styptic Powders For Dogs Reviewed

    1.
    Miracle Care Kwik-Stop Styptic Powder

    This powder can be used on cats, dogs or birds to stop bleeding quickly from claw trimming or if they have picked up a skin injury.

    There are a lot of reviews stating that this is one of the few powders which have stayed in place on a cut long enough for it to heal, whereas others can slip off.

    It is a little pricey for what you get, but the tub should last for ages and you can’t put a price on ensuring your dog is safe.

    Features

    • Used on skin and claws
    • Contains Benzocaine for pain relief

    Specifications

    • Contents: 42g

    2.
    Furbuster Styptic Powder

    This powder comes in a really handy dispenser, so it is always ready to grab and go.

    There is an applicator cap that is perfectly shaped to pack the powder into a quicked nail, so you don’t have to struggle with keeping the dog still until they have realised what is happening.

    There is also a nail file on the side of the dispenser to remove any burrs or rough edges from cut nails, so you can finish the job off on any nails which haven’t been injured.

    Features

    • Good to carry around
    • Also includes nail file

    Specifications

    • Contents: 22g

    3.
    PetSol Styptic Powder

    The ingredients in this powder act as an anti-inflammatory and helps to sterilise the wound so that your pet will heal better without the risk of infection.

    We say that it is the best budget pick, and that certainly doesn’t mean it is lesser quality than the others on our list. You just get a huge 50g tub for a brilliant price, around £10.

    As it is a UK registered company, it hasn’t been tested on animals and is one of the most popular styptic powders for pets available to buy.

    Features

    • Made in the UK
    • Helps to sterilise wound

    Specifications

    • Contents: 50g

    4.
    Professional Pet Products Styptic Powder

    Good for both injured claws or minor skin cuts, this powder not only halts the bleeding but also acts as pain relief.

    You just apply it generously to the nail or use it on a damp cotton swab if applying to a smaller area or open wound.

    The application of this powder stops the bleeding almost immediately, which should calm your dog.

    Features

    • Available in small or large tubs
    • Only need a small amount

    Specifications

    • Contents: 14/42/126g

    5.
    Blood Stop Swabs for Cats and Dogs

    These swabs are really easy to use and brilliant for smaller claws, or if you’re concerned about using powder.

    Just snap the end off, and the liquid will be released into the cotton tip. This can then be dabbed onto the affected area, which may be an easier method of application for any nervous pets too.

    The styptic liquid will stop the bleeding, but there is also lidocaine included to stop any pain. It is safe to use on dogs and cats over 6 weeks old, so is great to have to hand for those first nail trims.

    There have been a few issues with their usage, however, as they seem to dry quickly so you may not be able to use all 24 – bear this in mind. They are a good cheap option, however.

    Features

    • Easy to apply
    • Liquid rather than powder - less mess

    Specifications

    • Contents: 24 x 3.6ml

    Buying Guide

    Styptic Powder, Gel or Pencil?

    Generally, we would say powder is best for use with pets. It is easier to get a small amount out of the tub and easy to apply the right amount just by simply dipping the claw in.

    A gel is also easy to apply, although you may find it a bit messier. You can also buy ready-prepared swabs or pads which contain a styptic liquid, which could be easier to apply on smaller animals, but do risk drying before you’ve used them.

    Styptic pencils are mostly used for humans, but they are also available for animals. But they can be hard to apply to claws as the stick is like chalk, so you have to apply it. A veterinary approved styptic pencil could be good if your dog regularly cuts their body, such as their tail or legs, when out walking, however.

    Other Buyers Ask...

    How do I use styptic powder?

    Just dip the injured area into a container or small bowl of the powder.

    Always pour some styptic powder out into a separate bowl; do not dip any injured claws directly into the main styptic container, as this could cause all of the powder to become a bit dirty. It is also easier if using a separate container.

    You only need to lightly cover the affected area – don’t overdo it. Bleeding should stop immediately, but if not, apply some light pressure and dip again.

    If bleeding still doesn’t stop, see a veterinarian ASAP.

    How does styptic powder work?

    As a tiny blood vessel (the ‘quick’) is found running through the centre of the claw, cutting too short can cause bleeding. It can be surprising just how much blood is drawn, too. Styptic powder or gel will stop this, though.

    Styptics cause hemostasis by contracting blood vessels and stopping the blood flow. It is essential that this is done ASAP, as bleeding can be painful and upsetting for your pet, and could also cause infections if left as an open wound.

    It isn’t only a clotting agent, but also an antiseptic.

    Can I use styptic powder on other animals?

    Styptic powder is commonly used on cats, dogs, and rabbits, whose quick is found in the centre of the nail.

    It can also commonly be used for injuries involving bird beaks.

    How do I avoid cutting too short?

    An obvious way would be to take your pet to the vet or groomers to get this done. Accidents can still occur, but they will have everything needed to hand.

    If you must do this at home for whatever reason however, a pair of nail clippers with a guard on them which will prevent you from going too short, too.

    But at the end of the day, as all claws are different, there is no telling just where the quick is. Some claws are also dark, so the quick is not at all visible. Because of this, always have the styptic powder to hand before cutting and keep your pet calm.

    Don’t be put off by hearing that accidents can happen – it is possible, even for the professionals. Just be well prepared.