How to trim your dog's nails safely

How to trim your dog's nails safely

Trimming your dog's nails is an important part of their grooming routine. Neglected nails can lead to painful and expensive problems, such as splitting or breaking of the nails, infections, and even joint problems. In this blog, we'll discuss the best ways to trim your dog's nails and keep them healthy.

Start Young

Get your pup comfortable with you handling their paws early on.  Gently play with their paws and give them mini foot massages. Once you can hold their paw without resistance, start by trimming one nail and work your way up. Start slowly and gradually increase the frequency and duration of the nail trimmings.

Use the Right Tools

Having the right tools is essential for trimming your dog's nails safely and effectively. We prefer using a Dremel nail grinder. If your dog has dark nails and you cannot see the quick, then a dremel is a must. Otherwise, invest in a sharp, high-quality pair of dog nail clippers. 

Offer Treats and Praise

Trimming your dog's nails can be stressful for both you and your dog. A high value treat distraction will make the process as positive as possible. We use the Treat Clincher with a Zilla food attachment. We fill the Zilla food attachment with peanut butter and freeze it. Dogs will stay occupied for a very long time licking the frozen peanut butter while you work on their nails.

Know the Quick

The quick is the blood vessel and nerve that runs through the center of your dog's nails. If you accidentally cut the quick, it will be painful for your dog and the nail will most likely bleed. To avoid the quick, look for the pink part of the nail and avoid trimming this area. If you do accidentally cut the quick, use a styptic powder or pencil to stop the bleeding. The quick is not visible when dogs have dark or black nails.

Trim Regularly

Trimming your dog's nails regularly is the key to keeping them healthy. If you can hear your dog's nails clicking on the floor, it's time to trim them. As a general rule, it's best to trim your dog's nails every two to three weeks.

Be Careful

When trimming your dog's nails, it's important to be gentle and take your time. Don't rush the process, as this can lead to mistakes and accidents. If you're having trouble trimming your dog's nails, consider seeking help from a professional groomer or veterinarian. Remember, it will take time for both you and your dog to learn the techniques. 

Keep the Nails Short

When trimming your dog's nails, it's important to keep them short. Leave just enough nail to touch the ground when your dog is standing. If you're not sure how much to trim, ask your veterinarian for guidance.

Massage Your Dog's Paws

Massaging your dog's paws regularly can help keep their nails healthy. This stimulates blood flow and helps keep the nails from becoming too long.

Trimming your dog's nails is an important aspect of their grooming routine. Start young, use the right tools, know the quick, and trim regularly. Make sure to offer treats as a distraction, be careful, keep the nails short, and massage your dog's paws to keep their nails healthy and pain-free. By following these tips, you can help ensure that your furry friend stays healthy and happy for years to come.

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