Guide to Clipping Dog Nails
Nail trimming is a necessary part of sharing your life with a precious pooch. However, this process can be stress inducing for the dog as well as you. Your dog may hate the feeling of having his paws and nails touched and even cry and yelp during the process, especially if he has encountered a bad experience in the past. You, on the other hand, may feel anxiety about the process due to fear of quicking the dog’s nails. With some precautionary measures and know how, nail trimming can be done with ease and sans stress. When you take your dog to the vet, ask to watch closely as they trim your dog’s nails. At Doggy Repooval in Santa Clarita, we want to share with you the importance of keeping your dog’s nails trimmed so they can stay comfortable.
Nails Should be Trimmed Regularly
It is important for the health and comfort of your dog to keep their nails trimmed, as nails that are too long can cause them pain and discomfort. Many people mistakenly think that nails will be naturally worn down simply by the dog walking or running around, but this is generally not the case and many dogs have a lot to benefit from regular nail trims.
How to Trim
Before trimming your dog’s nails, sit quietly with him on the floor and start out by petting him to help him be relaxed. Offer him a treat and more loving cuddles and praise him. Allow him to sniff the clippers and get “acquainted” with them. This may seem silly, but it helps the object be less foreign to the dog. Secondly, only use “scissor” type dog nail clippers (but don’t use regular scissors, of course). Invest in a high quality pair of scissor nail clippers for dogs. The alternative guillotine style nail clippers are painful for a dog, because they crush the toe and cause discomfort. The size of the nail clipper will need to be adjusted according to the dog’s breed size.
Nail tools should be sharp — never dull, as this could cause pain and discomfort. Hold your dog’s paw in your hand with a gentle, yet firm grip. Trim the nails under adequate lighting. When you look closely, you can see the quick of the nail through the semi-transparent nail. The quick should never be touched with the clippers. Only the insensitive portion of the nail should be trimmed, which is just the tip of the nail. You can finish off the trimming with a “pedi-paws” style nail filing system. Again, touch only the insensitive portion of the nail with this.
In Case of Mistakes
Keep corn starch on hand in case of emergency. This will help to stop bleeding should it occur. If you need to use the corn starch, pack it around the bleeding immediately. Never squeeze your dog’s toes — this hurts them. When the process is over, tell him what a good dog he is no matter what and give him more treats. Any negative experience with nail trimming will make future nail trimmings more anxiety-provoking or your dog, so remember this and keep it in mind so you can make his experience as stress-free and pleasant as possible.
We here at Doggy Repooval care about the health and well-being of both you and your dog. Part of this includes their living areas. We offer yard clean-up along with sanitizing so you can both enjoy being outside. Visit our website to learn more about our non-contractual services and how you can benefit from our scheduled visits.
19197 Golden Valley Road #523
Santa Clarita, CA 91387