So, I have had animals in my home for 30 years now (ever since moving out of my parents' house) and I know full well how much care each type (cats, dogs, lizards, fish, ferrets, mice, and hamsters) require to keep them happy and healthy.
Among the things that dogs need is a regular nail trimming as they rarely get enough outdoors time to keep their claws worn down. I also know how careful one much be when trimming said claws, as each has a nerve and blood supply that travels a fair way down it's length. To clip too short not only means a painful experience for the poor dog, but it also means a minute bleeding wound that is very difficult to staunch (can't apply effective pressure to nail/horn like you can to a tissue injury).
In my 30 years of having and caring for animals, I have never clipped a claw too short .. until last night *hangs head in shame*
I can make excuses for why it happened (tremor) but it doesn't change the fact that poor M'Lady suffered one and I was faced with stopping the bleeding (not a lot of blood all at once, the trouble is in how tough it is to get it to clot so it will stop .. even a slow bleed can be dangerous if it continues too long).
Styptic (anti-hemorrhage) powder is known to me but, alas, I had none on hand. Another good, homemade option is cornstarch and baking soda mixed together and then used as the styptic powder ... no cornstarch *d'oh!*
While I tended to her foot, Kara hopped onto the internet and did a quick search ... and came back with the wet tea bag solution. I happen to have some English Breakfast Tea bags in the kitchen so, swapping places, she minded the claw while I went and soaked one and then brought it back.
20 minutes with the tea bag pressed against the injured claw followed by another 20 minutes of pressure with a paper towel and the bleeding was stopped. I don't know why it worked ... possibly the tannins in the tea interacted with the clotting factor in the blood? But I'm bloody grateful it did.
Luckily for me, M'Lady is far more forgiving of my transgression than I am.
She was over it within minutes ... I still feel horrid about it.