Our Gentle Giants

The story of two Floridians and their foster Great Danes

January 10th, 2015

How We Stopped Bubba’s Bleeding Nail

By Tara

“Tara, where are you? Have you left work yet? Don’t freak out when you get home. There was a lot of blood everywhere. Don’t worry, everyone’s fine. We’re just cleaning up now.”



Okay, that quote sounds kind of dramatic. Yes, I did receive that phone call and yeah, maybe I am paraphrasing it a bit. We are all fine!

The story is Christian and my mom were at home while I was at work. Christian let Bubba and Roxie outside. Then they came back in, completely normal. After a few minutes, they hear floor licking in the other room. They go in and see that Bubba and Roxie are licking up a pool of blood (gross, you guys!!!!).

Upon further inspection, Christian noticed it was Bubba’s foot that was bleeding. There was so much blood that he couldn’t really get a good look at what was actually injured but thought his nails looked fine. He guessed it was a cut on the side of his foot. They wrapped his foot in gauze and put pressure on it, while cleaning up the blood tracked all over the house.

Once I got home, they had pretty much cleaned everything up. I didn’t notice a spot of blood. Bubba’s foot was wrapped and he was trying to walk but he was hopping funny. It was kind of adorable and sad all at the same time.

Christian continued putting pressure on it. After a little while, we decided we should take a look at what’s happening.

Well. It squirted. Twice.

We cleaned up the blood, both on the ground and his paw. We were able to see more clearly now: his nail had split and the quick was exposed. Poor boy! A few hours later, we also noticed a scratch on the side of his paw. Our theory is that he stubbed his toe on something in the backyard.

We didn’t have Kwik Stop, which is highly recommended by many dog owners for stopping bleeding, but someone at the rescue we foster for recommended putting a generous amount of cornstarch on it. Great home remedy for treating a dog’s bleeding nail!

By the way, [warning: blood] here is what his paw looked like before we started making a cake with applying the cornstarch. We used a measuring spoon (because it’s small) and just poured it onto his paw. We didn’t put any certain amount on it. We just made sure the entire nail and the surrounding area was covered in cornstarch and then some. After, we wrapped it in gauze and used medical tape to keep it together.


Here is a photo with a crap ton of cornstarch on his paw.

We proceeded to put more pressure on it. Christian was in charge of putting the pressure on his toe, I was in charge of keeping his head/shoulders down, and my mom was in charge of comforting him.


After 15 minutes, we took another look at it. It was still bleeding, albeit less than before. My mom went to the pet store to pick up Kwik Stop and a cone for him. Once she got back, he was only bleeding a little. I think if we had given it more time, it would have stopped. Just to be safe, though, we applied the Quick Blood Stopper my mom got.


We poured a little Quick Blood Stopper into the cap, got the Q-Tips wet, and just rolled it slowly on his nail. Pretty easy.

He was actually doing really well. He wasn’t struggling very much. He would lift his head up to see what Christian was doing and sometimes bring his head to his paw to either lick or push Christian off. After a while, he got restless and started rolling around like a goof. There were periods of time where he was just softly groaning. It was sad but also kind of adorable.


He was also a perfect gentleman once we finished wrapping his foot up.


But wasn’t so happy once we put the cone on him.


The rescue called in a prescription for oral antibiotics which we picked up from Walmart. It is Cephalexin, 500MG. He has to take two capsules every 8 hours for 14 days. And for a dog who doesn’t really like taking pills… well… he’s not going to be a happy camper for a while! According to this website:

Cephalexin is used to treat infections caused by bacteria, including upper respiratory infections, ear infections, skin infections, and urinary tract infections.

This was an unavoidable accident, but I’m glad we were home when it happened and he wasn’t bleeding profusely while we were out!

Has anyone ever experienced their dog breaking their quick? What did you do about it?

P.S., it’s been 24 hours since this happened and believe me, this injury has NOT slowed him down!

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