Clipping Dog Nails Is Easy To Do

Clipping Dog Nails

How To Clip Your Dog's Nails

Clipping you dog's nails can be easy if you know the right technique. There is some risk of possibly harming your dog if you aren't careful while clipping their nails. If you are unsure about whether or not you can clip their nails correctly, take your dog to a professional Dog Grooming facility and have them do it. It is relatively inexpensive and will ensure that your dog has healthy, clean nails.

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Before you begin, it's important that you have some styptic powder handy to stop the nails from bleeding if you cut them too short. Dog's have something inside each of their nails called a "Quick." The quick is a small, sensitive vein. If you happen to cut the quick, which most people will do no matter how careful they are, your dog's nails will bleed. This is why it is handy to have some styptic powder handy in case this happens.


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You should be able to see the quick on each of your dog's nails that aren't black. It should be visible from the top of the nail and look like a black or dark maroon line going down your dog's nail. If you have trouble seeing the quick, look from under the nail. For your dog's black nails, you have to estimate where the quick is. It is recommended to be more conservative when you are going to cut the black nails.

Cut a little bit off of each nail carefully. Make sure you are cutting far below the quick. You should not try to cut too close to the quick as this can cause discomfort to your dog. If your dog has a dew claw, make sure you trim that nail as well. If you let it grow too long, it can snag onto things and cause an injury on your dog's paw or their leg.

While you are trimming your dog's nails, constantly praise them if they are behaving. Make the experience as comfortable as possible. You want your dog to understand that regular grooming can be fun. When you have clipped all of your dog's nails, reward them with a treat and plenty of praise.


Last Updated: January 25th, 2008

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