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Your pets are your kids, we get it! When it comes to their health and well being we, the parents, make sure they are happy and healthy. Here at Kings & Queens we see hundreds of clients every year and one thing we notice most often is long nails! It may not seem like a big deal, but it can lead to some expensive vet bills and unnecessary pain for your pet. Good news is if you keep them trimmed you can avoid this all together! Keep reading!

  Have you been wondering if it’s possible to trim your dog’s nails quickly and safely right at home? The answer is YES! Do not worry if you are new to this, as we are going to show you how to do this step-by-step. It’s really quite simple, so pay attention as we walk you through.

  A great way to keep your dogs nails trimmed naturally is to walk them every day. The concrete or asphalt will keep them short along with the other wonderful benefits of walking. However, if not walked regularly this natural method is not sufficient and your dog’s nails must be trimmed.

 

Why you should trim your dog’s nails

The following are reasons why you need to cut your dog’s nails:

  • When the nails start to grow steadily, it begins to curve inward.
  • Long nails causes disturbance to your dog while walking, and this can change your dog’s gait and make him walk in awkward positions which will affect his overall posture. Over time, this can cause permanent damage to the dog’s skeletal system.
  • If a dog’s nails grow too long, they may inflict wounds and sores on the dog’s fingers. This can lead to an awful infection in your dog.

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How to trim a dog’s nails

Cutting your dog’s nails is one of the most nerve racking tasks, because if you don’t do it right, you may run the risk of cutting a vein which will result in bleeding and injuries. If this happens, ensure to stop the bleeding by applying a clotting powder.  If bleeding persists, take your dog to the vet immediately. If you haven’t had your dog’s nails trimmed in a while they may be quite long and may take awhile to get back to a short normal length. What happens when you let your dogs nails grow out really long the quick grows with it. The quick contains the nerve and blood vessels. The quick is very sensitive and painful if clipped. If your dog’s nails are really long you can only cut back to just before the quick. They still may be long, but once this is done the quick will naturally recede. You will need to trim them again soon to cut it even shorter once the quick recedes.

 

Follow the steps below to trim your dog’s nails:

  1. Reassure your dog that the task is not going to be frustrating, so that the next experience will be much easier. Your dog should be comfortable with you handling his paws. This may involve you spending some days just handling his paws while giving him treats and that’s ok. 
  2. Use an appropriate tool to avoid damaging the nails and paws of your dog. You can use a scissor specifically designed from trimming nails but we suggest a guillotine nail trimmer or even a nail filing tool.
  3. Separate a finger gently and cut its nail.
  4. Trim the dog’s nails about two millimeters from the quick. The quick is a pink oval which can more easily be seen in dogs with clear nails.  If your dog has dark or black nails, have someone hold a flashlight over the nail beds as you trim as this will allow you see the quick.  
  5. After completing the task, give your dog a reward to make the experience a positive one. In fact, we highly suggest rewarding your dog during the process as well. You want this to be a fun, positive experience for your dog.