Nail Clipping – Dogs
Unless your dog runs around on hard surfaces that help keep toenails short, you have to clip them about once a week — if you hear them clicking on a hard surface, it’s time for a little trim.
Most dogs detest having their feet handled, so clipping may never be your favourite shared activity, but getting your dog used to this ritual at an early stage helps you both weather the process.
Before attempting a trim yourself, ask us to show you how to trim your pup’s toenails to the right length.
A dog’s toenail is made up of the nail itself and the quick, the pink (when it’s visible) part of your dog’s toenails that provides the blood supply to the nail. Avoid cutting into the quick because it bleeds quite a bit and it’s quite sensitive.
If you can’t do all your dog’s nails at once, never fear — you can clip them one paw at a time, with other activities or a resting period in between.
To trim your dog’s nails:
* Hold the foot steady, but hold it gently.
* Snip off a small bit of the end of each toenail.
If the nail feels spongy while you’re trying to cut it, stop immediately — you’re cutting the quick!
* Stop any bleeding immediately.
If you cut the quick, you’ll have an unhappy dog and a bloody mess. It also hurts a lot, and most dogs remember the experience long afterward.
Don’t forget the dewclaws if your dog has them. They tend to grow long because they don’t normally touch the ground and if you fail to cut them, they will eventually grow back into your dog’s foot, which is quite painful.
Try giving your dog a yummy treat after the trimming session, along with a big hug, a boisterous “Good dog!” and a healthy scratch behind the ears.