Clipping your dogs toenails

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You know you need to clip your dog’s toenails regularly. You attempted to do the right thing but could not seem to hold the dog still to complete clipping even one nail. Or you attempted to clip the dog’s nails, quicked a nail, the nail bled the dog screamed, you abandoned the pedicure and neither one of you are anxious to experience this activity soon.

Meanwhile you hear clickity click on your floors and know you need to do something soon. So now you decide to call your Vet or groomer and pay someone else to commit the clip.

Sometimes hiring a professional is the best avenue to take if you absolutely can’t see yourself clipping a toenail. Nails need to be clipped regularly.

Some dogs get so traumatized by nail clipping they require many pet professionals to hold them while someone clips the toenails. Some dogs require anesthesia to have their nails clipped. Please get your dog used to nail clipping when young so he or she doesn’t have to endure being knocked out for simple grooming. Start early. Get your dog or puppy used to you touching feet and nails early on in your relationship. Most dogs are not fond of this type of interaction and will put up a fuss. Touch a paw and say good or yes and move on to the next paw and so on. You could have someone distract the dog with a food treat or toy while you touch and praise. Gradually touch the toes and paws little more, touch the nail, the pad, look between the pads and praise. You could try to clip nails on one paw a day to begin. Act confident. If you are OK, your dog will feel a bit better about the procedure.

Black nails are more difficult to clip than white nails as you cannot see the quick. White nails are easiest to clip as you can see the difference in color of the tip of the nail which is pinkish in color. Either way, you can just take that tip off and be relatively safe. Just clip the end at first until you are more comfortable with getting a little more nail. Have some styptic powder on hand to put on the end of a bleeding nail if you quick the nail.

A dog whose nails are left unchecked can end up with deformed toes. Can you imagine trying to walk on your overgrown toenails? Ouch! Left unattended, nails can grow under the paw and into the pad. Dew claws can grow so long they wrap around the dog’s leg and into the skin.

How often should you clip nails? As often as needed. We would recommend weekly for pups, then clipped as needed. Preferable every 2-4 weeks. Check them weekly to see the rate of growth. It is easier to maintain short nails than deal with longer ones.

Stop in Furkids Home for just a nail clip today! No appt. neccessary for most pets, unless extremely difficult you may want to call 6243 1008 and check with us first.

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