It is critical to keep a dog’s nails cut for their health and well-being. Even so, nail trimming can cause anxiety in dogs and their owners. Many pet owners prefer to have their pets groomed by a professional. If you can’t make it to the groomer, you can cut your nails at home. Here are a few pointers to help you get the job done correctly.
Make Sure Your Dog Is Comfortable With Nail Trimming
Starting to handle your pup’s paws at an early age is quite beneficial. They will be less squeamish if they are used to having their feet touched. If your dog needs something to keep them occupied, you can give them some peanut butter while you trim their nails.
Take It Easy
Allow the dog to become familiar with the clippers. Allow them to smell it. If it is an electric grinder, let them feel it while it’s turned off, and hear it while it’s running. Begin by removing a little portion of the nail and working your way from paw to paw, judging your dog’s comfort level along the way.
Nail Trimmers Come in a Variety of Styles
Nail trimmers come in a variety of shapes and sizes, including scissors, grinders, and clippers. It’s a good idea to keep styptic powder or clotting powder on hand in case of an accident. If this is your first time trimming your dog’s nails, seek advice from your veterinarian.
Using Nail Clippers
Begin by placing your thumb on your dog’s paw pad and your pointer finger on the skin above the nail on the top of the toe. Remove all fur from the area. To extend the nail, push your thumb up and backward on the paw pad while pushing your forefinger forward. Then snip the nail. To avoid cutting the quick,, which is the blood vessel that runs to your dogs nails, avoid trimming past the curve of the nail. If your dog’s nails are dark, keep an eye out for a white ring.
Using A Grinder
To grind your dog’s nails, first select a quality tool. Begin by grinding a little portion of your dog’s nails at a time while firmly yet softly supporting the toe. Grind across the bottom of the nail, gently in and out, to smooth down any rough edges. Be conscious of any sensitivities that your dog may have.
It is critical to keep your dog’s nails cut for his or her health. Unkempt nails can be uncomfortable for the dog and may cause lasting damage. Regular nail trimming encourages the quick of the nail to recede from the end, making care easier. Long nails decrease traction, resulting in misshapen feet and potential tendon injury.
As you can see, nail trimming is a relatively straightforward process. As long as you are careful to not accidentally injure your dog, anyone can comfortably trim their pet’s nails at home. However, if you are still concerned about doing it yourself, feel free to contact us to schedule a grooming appointment!