You can apply Stop Bleeding powder directly to the bleeding directly to the bleeding area by pressing the toe nail directly in powder. You can also apply stop Bleeding powder with a pre-moistened applicator (like a swab) dipped in Stop Bleeding Powder. If using an applicator, use moderate pressure and hold on the area until bleeding stops. If you cannot get bleeding to stop using moderate pressure for 10-15 seconds, consult a veterinarian. Directions: Apply a pinch of styptic powder to the bleeding area, using moderate pressure until bleeding stops. Do not use in deep wounds, body cavities or burns. If bleeding does not stop, consult a veterinarian.