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Old 11-23-2012, 09:32 AM   #1 (permalink)
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A little over a week ago i tried cutting Layla's back nails for the first time, and i accidently cut the quick on one of her feet, on 2 or 3 toes i think, but mainly 1 of them bled a LOT. I heard you should have a product called "stop quik" around but i dont have any (yet), and i had also heard that "flour will work in a pinch". Dont laugh, because Layla's my first hedgie and i was freaking out, so i....put her in a bowl of flour.....yeaaaahhh. Just to stop the bleeding (it was bleeding SOOOOO badly! There was blood everywhere!). I kept a damp rag to wipe her face and made sure she didnt breathe in the flour. Once it was almost done bleeding, i got a damp rag and wiped her foot, and once it was done bleeding i gave her a foot bath (just water no soap) and put neosproin on her foot/nails twice a day for about a week...also i kept her wheel out for over a week...

What i want to know is if that's okay to do in a situation like that, or what should i do if i cut her quick again? thanks!
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Old 11-23-2012, 09:40 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Sounds like you did the right thing. Quick Stop stings so flour or cornstarch is the best to use. I keep a little container of it handy to dip a foot in when I cut too short. Try keeping hedgie calm afterwards will also help stop the bleeding. I usually snuggle him or her up in a towel for a few minutes. It's best not to give a bath for a day or two because the bath can dissolve the clot and it could start bleeding again.
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Old 11-23-2012, 09:47 AM   #3 (permalink)
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ahh thank you!!! and alrighty then, flour it is
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Have yet to cut a hedgehog nails, picking up tomorrow yeah!, however I have done many many bird nail trimmings of all manner of species, from canary to kestrel to macaw to lovebird. Tiny bodies that can't afford any blood loss and can be quite a handful when wounded, we used cornstarch to quickly and painless clot any mistakes and cornstarch is always in my emergency kit.

I would not use flour on a wound personally.
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I do the same thing you did, I just put the whole hedgehog in the bowl of flour. For both my hedgehogs the amount of handling needed to actually hold them and hold the foot and put the foot in the flour was too much and they squirmed like crazy to get down or just balled up. If it happens again I don't think you need to leave the wheel out for so long. Maybe just leave it out for one or two nights unless you're still seeing bloody footprints in the cage.
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Old 11-23-2012, 11:55 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I do the same thing you did, I just put the whole hedgehog in the bowl of flour. For both my hedgehogs the amount of handling needed to actually hold them and hold the foot and put the foot in the flour was too much and they squirmed like crazy to get down or just balled up. If it happens again I don't think you need to leave the wheel out for so long. Maybe just leave it out for one or two nights unless you're still seeing bloody footprints in the cage.
Thanks! I never saw bloody bloody footprints after the first night or two, and i'll put it back in earlier next time (hopefully there wont be a "next time"!!!)
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