We will not intentionally “quick” a nail in order to get the nails short. We will cut the nails as close to the quick as possible, but if the quicks have grown out, we will only be able to trim up to the quick. Regular nail clipping, every 2-4 weeks, will get the quick to recede and result in shorter nails. At times, we will unintentionally quick a nail and when we do, we apply styptic powder to the nail to stop any bleeding.