Trimming your pet dog’s nails can be quite scary and hard to do. But that is not exactly true, yes it can be quite scary to trim your pet’s nails because there is a chance that you might hurt the dog. But it is not exactly that hard to do.
If your pet often runs on rough surfaces, then “quicking” the dog is not really necessary. But if your dog often stays indoors, and you hear their nails clicking on the floor, then it would be time for a trim. How? Continue reading this article to find out more.
Why Do You Have to Trim Your Pet’s Nails?
What’s the big deal of having a “quicking” session?
Well, the first and usual consequence of having long nails is that it can be painful for your pet’s feet. When your pet’s long toenails had a contact to the ground, like on a sidewalk or on your kitchen floor, the hard surface of the flooring will push the nail back up to your pet’s nail bed. These will either force their toes to twist on the side or puts pressure on all the toe’s joints.
The second consequence of having long toenails can be a bit more serious than the usual ones. All kinds of animals rely on their feet’s nerves for information, which helps them move through the environment and to process the gravity accurately.
No matter what the consequence is, your pet’s toes can become very sore and can even be arthritic. If the slightest touch on your dog’s paw is painful, he will be fussy when you try to pick up his paw for a trim.
10 Tips on How to Trim Your Pet’s Nails Safely
If you don’t know how to cut your pet’s toenails, but is still planning to do so without making a research. There is a high chance that you’ll cut through the quick causing your pet’s toe to bleed badly.
So to prevent that from happening, here are ten easy tips that you can follow on how you can trim your dog’s nails without accidentally cutting their soft tissue:
Tip #1: Take Your Pet for a Walk Regularly
Letting your dog walk on rough surfaces can naturally trim your pet’s nails, if you walk your pet daily and is well exercised outdoors, the friction of the road’s rough surface will naturally trim your pet’s toenails.
Tip #2: Understand the Anatomy of the Dog’s Nails
This is an important tip that you should always follow. Always make sure that you only cut the hard part of your dog’s nails to prevent it from bleeding. Take a look at the image above, you should be careful not to cut the quick part of your pet’s nails.
The pink area of the dog’s nails is the inner soft area of the nail called quick. It has nerve endings and blood vessels, therefore it’ll be best to not cut too close to the dark part of your pet’s nails.
Tip #3: Visit a Pet Groomer
If you are still too scared to trim your pet’s toenails on your own, then visiting a pet groomer is another alternative for you. Try to check if your pet is more comfortable with a pet groomer. Don’t worry if your pet tends to bite strangers, the groomers can muzzle up your pet when it gets too aggressive.
Tip #4: Start Nail Trimming Your Pet While Still a Pup
Train your pet to get accustomed to quicking at an early age, this way it will be much easier for you to trim them yourself as they grow old. To do this, train your pup to sit while you cut its nails.
Get your pet’s paw gently and see if it doesn’t retract its paws. If it doesn’t, you can continue by pinching its nails with your fingers and see if it allows you to do so. If your pet showed no signs of irritation or displeasure, reward it with a treat.
Tip #5: Trim Little by Little
If you are just new to the trimming process, we suggest that you trim your pet’s nails little by little. This will also help you know if it hurts your pet or not, talk to it with a soothing voice so that it doesn’t retract back its paws. Once you and your pet get used to it, try trimming a bit closer to your pet’s quick, just not too close to avoid the inner soft nail.
Tip #6: Choose the Right Tools
Start by making a research of the best dog nail clippers that are sold in the market. You can also seek advice from your pet’s veterinarian to make your search much easier. In addition, the guillotine type of clippers is ideal for dogs of a smaller breed. While for the bigger ones, the claw cutters would be the best choice. Try to choose the best nail clipper for your pet.
Tip #7: Steps on How to Nail Clip Your Dog
- Get your pet to lay down on a raised platform.
- If your pet gets aggressive, it would be best if you muzzle him.
- If your pet often jerks around, get help from someone to hold him down.
- From the image above, make sure that you position the tool correctly when you are about to cut its nails.
- Before you cut, make sure that your pet stays still to avoid accidental cuts.
- Start by cutting small portions of your pet’s hard nails, especially if your pet has dark nails and the quick is not visible.
- Like the previous step, it will be much better if you trim in small bits. Just trim off the portion that sticks out over the paws.
- And the last step, repeat this procedure on each nail of your pet’s paw.
Tip #8: What Will You Do If You Accidentally Trim Your Pet’s Quick?
Do not panic if your pet’s nail starts bleeding, the bleeding could last for several minutes, you should wipe off the blood and cover it with a piece of cloth or with a tissue. Don’t let your pet lick its paw as it might cause an infection and cause more bleeding. Styptic pens can help staunch up the blood, so try to keep one just in case.
Tip #9: Get Your Pet Checked By the Vet
If you trim your pet’s nails on your own, try to get his paws checked at least once every few months by the vet. This is to help prevent complications and at least get a chance to remove a few ticks, or parasites that are hiding in the paws area.
Tip #10: Regularly Maintain Your Pet’s Nails
Cut the nails of your pet from time to time to help avoid it from ingrown nails, nail bed infections, and from other kinds of infections which can affect your dog’s walking. Regularly maintaining your dog’s nails can help remain your pet healthy and active all the time.
And those are the easy ways on how you can easily trim your pet’s toenails. Make sure that you carefully follow these several tips to avoid complications. Use the right nail clipper for your dog, visit the vet regularly, and trim your pet’s nails from time to time to always keep your pet healthy and playfully active.