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How to Trim a Dog’s Nails

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Nail trimming is one owner expense that can easily be avoided and performed in the comfort of a dog’s own home. Unlike humans, most dogs do not enjoy receiving a pedicure, especially from a stranger. Many dogs are more comfortable when their owners perform the trimming, yet many owners are uncomfortable with the task. The following is a guide on the type of nail trimmers available, and the proper way to clip a dog’s nails.

A dog should have his or her nails trimmed when the nails first start to touch the floor. Therefore, if you can hear your dog clicking and clacking across the hardwood floor, the nails are too long. A natural way to keep your dog’s nails from becoming overgrown is by going for regular walks on cement; the rough surface will grind down the nails naturally. However, for dogs used to soft surfaces or those that are light on their feet, regular trimmings are necessary.

Clipper style

The first step is to choose a clipper style. There are two types: guillotine and scissor. The guillotine type is popular for smaller dogs. The nail is simply inserted into the opening of the clipper, and then application of gentle pressure to the handles forces the blades to slide across the opening for nail tip removal. This type is not typically appropriate for large dogs, because not enough force can be applied to cut through the entire nail. In this case, the scissor style is easier to use. As the name suggests, two rounded blades scissor past one another to trim the dog’s nails. More force can be applied than with the guillotine, resulting in a quicker trim and cleaner cut.

Nail quick

The number one reason dog owners do not attempt to trim their dog’s nails is because they are afraid to cut the quick. The quick is the blood-filled vein that runs into the nail. For dogs with white or clear nails, the quick is readily visible. But for dogs with black claws the quick cannot be seen as easily. However, with patience and vigilance, cutting the quick can be avoided. However if anything happen, Please call your vet, if the bleeding is continue. Be sure you have your PetCare, so you may be able to get the payment for your vet bills reimbursed to your bank account.

Nail clipping technique

First, take your dog’s paw and spread his or her toes. It may be helpful to enlist someone to hold your dog while you do the clipping. Using the nail clipper of your choice, position the trimmer so that the cut is being made from top to bottom of the nail, not side to side, and at a 45o angle. If the quick is not visible, trim as tiny an amount of nail as possible until a nail-colored circle appears on the cut surface. This circle is indicative of the quick. Once this circle is made visible, do not trim the nail any further.

If you do happen to nick your dog’s quick, do not panic. Even professional groomers do this from time to time. Simply press a bit of cornstarch into the nail to stop the bleeding. If your dog becomes fearful afterwards, do not continue the session immediately, but instead try again later. Throughout the nail trimming session, be sure to provide plenty of positive reinforcement and treats in order to teach your dog that nail trimming can be fun and enjoyable!