Remember the other day when I shared my post 5 Ways How To Stop a Dog’s Bleeding Nail? In that post I shared that the black nail of a dog has a small grey dot in it. This is the beginning of the quick. This is your sign to stop trimming.
Well a lot of people didn’t know that and why would they? It’s not something that’s really talked about all the time and a thing that most people wouldn’t know unless they trim nails for a living. It’s not really a secret. It’s been there the whole time you just didn’t know it was there the whole time.
But it got me thinking if all of that was a figment of my imagination. You know when you say something that’s fact but not a lot of people know it’s a fact so you start to question if it really is indeed a fact even though you know it is?
Well I started thinking maybe I made that whole grey dot thing up or maybe my dog’s were the only ones who had that. Maybe I imagined that whole thing.
So instead of searching the internet looking for my answer I called up one of my veterinarian friends and asked her. Much to my delight she reassured me that it was not a figment of my imagination and my dogs were not special. Black dog nails DO in fact have a grey dot when you are at the beginning of the quick. And then she asked me if I had blocked out the 8 years that I was a vet tech where a good percentage of my time was spent trimming nails.
Yes. Yes I have.
I’m not spreading false information.
But just to give myself more piece of mind, and for you too, I decided to show you that grey dot from one of Leroy’s black nails so you know what to look for if you are brave enough to trim your dog’s nails.
First this is a fresh cut with no grey dot.
A little further: A dark oval is starting to appear and this is where most people should stop. A few more slivers and you will be at the quick. One more sliver here and the dot will be lighter grey, almost whitish in some nails.
And another one: This is from a different paw but this is the absolute farthest I should go. It’s light grey, almost white. It looks like it’s sunken in but it’s not, that’s just the way the picture is choosing to mess with our minds.
And this one just to show you what happens when you don’t STOP even though every single fiber in your body is telling you to stop. JUST.ONE. MORE. SLIVER.
Now I’ve gone and done it.
Now I can sleep tonight.
And you can sleep tonight.
We all can sleep tonight.
p.s. A special thank you to Leroy’s digits. Especially digit 4 on the left front. Sorry digit 4. Thank you for your service for this blog post.
p.p.s. The quick on your dog might not be in the same place as Leroy’s so keep your eyes peeled on the whole nail.
p.p.p.s. In case you’re wondering how I got Leroy’s nail to stop bleeding, it was only a drop. I applied pressure with my finger for 1 minute and it was done, had I gone further I would of had to call in the Quick Stop.