There are a number of ways a dog can end up with a bleeding toenail. The most common way this can happen is when a dog is having its nails trimmed and the nail gets “quicked”, meaning the nail is cut too close to the blood supply (the pink part inside a dog’s toenail), making the nail bleed.
Additionally, another common cause of dog toenail bleeding is from injury to the nail itself, either from getting caught on something, breaking or cracking. Dog nail bleeding itself is not painful, but whatever happened to cause the bleeding can cause extreme pain, especially if the bleeding is caused by injury or other damage to the toenail. (more…)