Probably many dog owners have little information on how to cut or trim dog’s nails. This article will tell you all you need to know about cutting nails of a dog, including how to properly do it and the importance of doing it.
First of all, you should know that toenail cutting isn’t one of their favorite shared activity. Most breeds dislike having their feet handled. To make your dog used to the nail cutting ritual, begin the activity when they are still young puppies because early stages help both you and your dog get used to the process. Make nail cutting part of your fun playtime together. Treats work fine when luring the dog to a nail cutting session. They include yummy meals, a little belly rubbing, hugs, praises and a nice scratch behind the dog’s ears. If you second thought on nail cutting, you can always consult with your local vet for tips and guidelines.
How to Cut/Trim Your Dog’s Nails
Not all dog breeds need nail cutting. Because different breeds have different nail growth patterns. Some breeds have higher knuckles whereas the rest have knuckles that are more flat to the ground. Know your dog to determine if they need trimming and how often you should do it. A number of exercises your dog gets also determines how regular you should perform trims.
- Make sure the nails are off the ground when your dog is standing up.
- Hold your dog’s foot steady but gently.
- Use a scissors-type clipper or guillotine to cut off a small bit of the end of each nail.
- In case you accidentally cut the quick, stop immediately and take care of the bleeding. You can use a nail cauterizer or apply styptic powder with a cotton swab.
- Remember to cut the dewclaws. Because when they overgrow, it is a painful experience for your dog.
Benefits of Cutting Your Dog’s Nails
- Long nails can make your dog uncomfortable and sometimes painful. Cutting them takes care of these problems. If left uncut, nails curl causing toe twists against the floor.
- Apart from the pain, long toenails make walking and running hard for your dog. Regular trimming makes your dog more comfortable and playful.
- Maintains general cleanliness or health of your dog.
Tips of Cutting/Trimming Your Dog’ Nails
Your dog’s toenails are made up of the nail and the quick pink visible part that supplies blood to the nail. The quick is very sensitive and may bleed if cut. Clip one toe at a time, and you can have a resting period in between the session. There is no need to rush and do a bad trim job.
Black or Very Dark Nails
If your dog has black nails, you need to be extra careful not to cut the quick. Because You don’t want to stress Your dog. Clip the tip of the nail and have a look at the cut edge. If it is dry and flaky, cut a little bit more and stop immediately it starts looking less dry.
Make your dog comfortable before beginning the activity. Many dogs flee at the mere sight of clippers. Many dog owners even prefer using the services of groomers or vets instead of doing it themselves. The fear will not fade away on its own. Instead, it grows and increases intensity. Such is the fear that some people even use muzzles or even sedation’s to perform simple nail cuts. As mentioned, it is advisable to start young when your dog is still a puppy. Adult dogs need more practice. Some of the things that dogs dislike while undergoing the process include touching of paws, the feeling of their toenails clipped, being restrained and a bad earlier experience like getting a quick cut.
Proper Tools for Cutting Dogs Nails
Use the right tools for toenail trimming. They include nail clippers that fall into two basic categories: scissors-type and guillotine-type. There are also pliers-style nail clippers that are suitable for larger breeds. Also, familiarize your dog with the new tools before beginning sessions. You can hide them behind your back and as soon as your dog sees them, reward them with treats. Put them away and stop treating them, and repeat this process over and over again. This strategy will help your dog understand that the presence of the tools is signs of good things happening.
Proper hygiene, grooming, and general cleanliness all help to keep your dog healthy. Therefore cutting your dog’s nails at least once a week twice in a month is a good strategy to keep the four-legged companions happy.
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