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    Exclamation Ooops! Need substitute for Styptic Powder!

    I got Oliver accidentally with nail clippers, now he's bleeding a bit. I don't have styptic powder here, does anyone know of a substitute, or something ekse I can do to stop the bleeding? WHat about infection when he is running around in the litter?

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    Re: Ooops! Need substitute for Styptic Powder!

    I use cornstarch. I think others might also use flour. He should be fine, just keep an eye on it.

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    Re: Ooops! Need substitute for Styptic Powder!

    Corn starch should work, had to do that with our cat once or twice. Not sure about infection.

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    Re: Ooops! Need substitute for Styptic Powder!

    oops wrong information

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    Re: Ooops! Need substitute for Styptic Powder!

    Cornstarch is a great idea, thanks. Only, the wound seems to have stopped bleeding now, so I dont know if there is much point now to the corn starch. How can I keep it clean? Can I use rubbing alcohol?

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    Re: Ooops! Need substitute for Styptic Powder!

    Flour works, too

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    Re: Ooops! Need substitute for Styptic Powder!

    Quote Originally Posted by bibliocavy View Post
    Cornstarch is a great idea, thanks. Only, the wound seems to have stopped bleeding now, so I dont know if there is much point now to the corn starch. How can I keep it clean? Can I use rubbing alcohol?
    Don't use rubbing alcohol. If it's just the nail being cut too short, it should be fine once the bleeding stops.

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    Re: Ooops! Need substitute for Styptic Powder!

    Do NOT use rubbing alcohol, put some on your cuts, it burns horribly.

    If your worried do some foot baths in warm, guinea pig safe soapy water to clean off any poop or other grime. Also you can do that with a wash cloth (don't use baby wipes)

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    Re: Ooops! Need substitute for Styptic Powder!

    corn starch works, then hugs and kisses

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    Re: Ooops! Need substitute for Styptic Powder!

    Dang, I hope he still trusts me. He seems to still want to be picked up and do lap time. I feel so bad... Anything I can do for him?

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