Clipping Your Dog's Nails
Long nails can be uncomfortable for your pup, may make walking awkward and can lead toinfections. Some owners worry about cutting their dog’s nails at home because they are concernedabout cutting into the quick (the blood supply that runs along the middle of the claw).
If you are unsure about trimming your dog’s nails chat to your vet or a groomer but we hope thesteps below will help you feel comfortable doing this at home. Our nail clippers come in 2 sizes ( Small & Large)
- To maintain your dog’s nails at home, check and trim at least every two weeks. If you can hear your pup’s paws clicking on floors – it’s definitely time to trim!
- Hold their paw gently, but firmly, and cut below the quick at a 45 degree angle. You mayn eed to trim the hair around the nails or use something to hold the hair back.
- To be sure to avoid cutting the quick try using the torch function on your phone and shine it up below the nail your cutting. The transparent area of nail is safe to clip.
- If you accidentally cut the quick, use corn starch to staunch the bleeding.
- Remember to praise your pup!
OUR TOP TIPS
- Never put the whole nail in a clipper.
- Try using the net from a bag of oranges which should hold back the hair and expose the nails. Only use small size plier style clippers.
- Holding your pup’s paws often will get him used to the handling
- Lots of praise and treats can help create a positive association
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