How to Properly Trim Your Dogs Nails


Trimming your dog’s nails is not only important to his appearance, but also to his health. Long nails can be painful and break off easily, causing profuse bleeding and pain. This is a very sensitive area to tend to, so proper education is needed in order for nails to be trimmed correctly.

The easiest way to tell if your dog is in need of a trim is by listening when he walks on an uncarpeted area. If you hear the slight tapping of his nails as he walks, he needs his nails trimmed.

When trimming the nail, it is important no to cut the “quick”.  The quick is a blood vessel that runs down the middle of the nail. If the quick is severed, bleeding will occur. To stop the bleeding, use a product that is specifically for this task. There are a variety of these agents available in your local pet supply store.  Also, invest in a good, quality pair of trimmers. They come in various sizes to accommodate the size of your dogs nail.

Now you are ready to trim your dogs nails, pick up his paw and push on the pad of his paw, allowing the nail to extend. This is how you will be able to locate the quick. It is easier to find the quick in dogs that have lighter colored nails. You will see a pink spot where the quick ends. In dogs that have darker colored nails, it is more of a challenge to find the quick. Simply clip at a 45-degree angle, cutting a small portion of the nail. The quick can be identified by a black spot within the nail.

Whether your dog as white or black colored nails, you always cut at a 45-degree angle, trimming the finer points of the nail. Brittle nails can present a problem as they often splinter during a trim. If this is the case, simply use a nail file to shave away uneven edges to make a rounded shape and continue to trim.

Trimming should be done on a weekly basis. If the nail grows too long, it can curl and grow back into the dog’s foot, which is very painful. Trimming regularly will make the quick regress back into the nail. As this happens, you will be able to cut shorter each time. Remember to give lots of praise and make it fun for your dog. Take breaks in between each paw if needed. Soon, your dog will grow accustomed to the routine and trimming all four will be a cinch!

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jasonjason – who has written posts on Home Tips Plus.
I'm a father of three, married and a home owner since 2006. I've worked in fixing up homes and rental properties.

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