At-Home Pet Grooming: The Best Way to Trim Dog Nails Safely
All dogs have toenails and all toenails need some management. The best way to trim a dog's nails is to achieve the following goals: the nails become shorter and.
Some dogs act like cutting their nails is their worst nightmare. This may be a learned behavior from their painful, overstimulated toes, which will slowly dissipate along with the pain once the nails are short. Use all your best restraint and behavior modification tricks to get through the initial phase, whether your dog is a squirmer or a drama queen. Start on the hind feet, because the nails tend to be a little shorter and less sensitive than the front. Good restraint is essential— you can’t make an accurate cut on a moving target. Get help if needed, and don’t hesitate to use a muzzle if your dog tries to intimidate you. Make nail trimming “quality time” you spend with your dog! Lots of kisses, lots of treats and a positive attitude go a long way! If you dread it, your dog will too, so learn how to be a good actor until you succeed in believing it can be loving for you both. If your dog loses patience quickly, try cutting one nail a day. As long as you keep the order of toes consistent, this will be a good maintenance schedule, giving every toe a trim every 16 days. Short toenails are critical to your dog’s health and soundness— Failure is Not an Option!
Dogs tend to play the prima donna with their owners. If your dog has you “firmly wrapped around its’ paws” then it is best you leave the task of nail clipping to the experts. Expert dog grooming facilities have special tools and they could even muzzle your dog if it starts to get aggressive. If your dog has the tendency of biting or jerking away its paws while you attempt to trim its nails; it could lead to severe injuries for both you and your pet.
Ask A Vet: What Is The Best Way To Trim My Dog's Nails
A Stress-Free Way For Trimming Your Dog's Toenails
Hi, you can’t see the quick, because it is a blood vessel. If you saw a picture of one you wouldn’t be able to make it out anyway because of all the blood. However, you can tell when you are getting close to the quick because you can start to see the pulp, or soft tissue, that is directly ahead of the quick. That being said, often times when you get that close you are also close to the nerve endings, so there is a lot of discomfort when getting that close. I found a photo of what the pulp looks like on black nails. You can see it at With whiter nails the pulp looks more pink like. You can start to make out a circle directly in the center of the nail as you get close. If you’re still not comfortable, it is better to just cut a little off every week or two to keep them trimmed. Also, walking on pavement helps to file down the nails. Long nails can cause painful, irreversible Arthritis in their toes all the way up their spine, because it changes their natural gait. Kind of like if we had to wear high heels all the time! So no matter how you have to trim the nails, just get it done! Lastly, there is a Facebook page called, “Nail maintenance for dogs” that you should check out. It is a support group with lots of helpful tips on keeping nails trimmed properly, and support to get it done even when you want to give up! Best of luck!!!At some point, you will trim the nail too deeply, causing your dog to flinch and the nail to bleed. Don’t panic! Even people who trim nails every day make this mistake periodically. The best way to stop the bleeding is to apply styptic powder to the cut surface. This helps clot the bleeding much faster than pressure alone. If you don’t have styptic powder on hand, corn starch or flour will work as well, just not as efficiently. If the nail will not stop bleeding, you can apply a little ice to slow it down before re-applying the powder. Rarely is any other treatment needed.