Many dog owners shy away from clipping their dog’s nails. Keeping your dog’s nails trimmed will reduce irritation and pain that can result if the nails curl into the dog’s pads. With a little practice, you can learn how to clip your dog’s nails safely and easily.
Condition of Nails
Inside dogs that do not spend a great deal of time outside and walk on soft surfaces such as grass or carpet will not wear down their nails in the same way as outside dogs that walk on hard surfaces. That is why most dogs need to have their nails trimmed regularly.
Choosing Nail Clippers
The type of nail clippers you choose will depend on the size of your dog. Medium to large dogs will need either the guillotine type of dog nail clippers or larger scissor type nail clippers. Small dogs work better with scissor type nail clippers.
Best Ways to Clip a Dog’s Nails
When you are about to clip your dog’s nails, take hold of the dog’s foot and gently press down on the base of each nail. This will help the nail to extend a little further, which will make it easier to see where you need to cut. According to the article How to Clip Your Dog’s Nails, featured in Petsmart.com, it is best to clip at a 45-degree angle away from the dog so that the nail is flush with the floor when they stand up to walk. Avoid injuries by not cutting down so short that you cut into the “quick”, which is a blood vessel in each nail. If you do, you will cause your dog pain and this will be accompanied by blood.
Locating the “Quick”
It is important to look for the quick before you clip your dog’s nails so that you do not cause pain and injury in your dog by cutting into the quick. The quick is pinkish and is easy to see in light-coloured dogs. However, if your dog is dark, it can be more of a challenge to locate the quick. Look at the underside of your dog’s nails to locate the quick if it is not easily visible and then gradually cut each nail, but without getting too close to the quick.
Dog owners should tend to their dog’s needs by regularly clipping their dog’s nails. This will provide relief and comfort to dogs, thus preventing the nails from overgrowing and causing mobility problems.
Petsmart.com, How to Clip Your Dog’s Nails.