Trimming Your Dog's Nails

By uvengwa, Feb 1, 2014 | |
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    When it comes to the hunt, you want your rabbit dog to run with optimal speed and efficiency, and they'll have a hard time doing so if their nails a little long in the tooth. Having long nails will not only slow them down, but it can lead to cracked nails and even bone damage. Cracked nails can also lead to damaged blood vessels, and there is an increased chance of the nails breaking off a wall or snagging off carpet, which can result in pain, infection and deformity. When trimming nails, it can be pretty harrowing for both the dog and the owner. Many owners simply do not know where to cut, and dogs aren't the most cooperative when it comes to having their paws handled. But there are some easy ways to get through the process, such as taking them to the groom. If you want to save money, however, you can also do it yourself with ease.

    Whether your pet is young or old, get your pet accustomed to having his nails trimmed by handling its paws frequently before the trimming session begins. Doing this will not startle them too much when it comes to actual clipping, and they will know what to expect. Reward them with a trick before the trimming session, and do the same process after the trimming session. The point is to make them as comfortable as possible. Do this repeatedly until your dog seems comfortable enough having its paws handled.

    Electric Trimmers

    The types of shears you get depends on you as the owner. For myself, I tend to avoid plier-based shears because I'm afraid of splitting my dog's nails. I use an electric trimmer with a grindstone tip to safely sand down my dog's nails.

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    You can find them at any pet or convenience store.

    If you go the electric route, follow the instructions, and never trim any longer than instructed. In my case, I will trim for 4-5 seconds at the latest and will withdraw to start on another nail. Your dog may be just as spooked with the electric trimmer, and it may be a slower process, but it is the safest route. If you want to go for a more manual approach with the clippers, it is a quick and easier process, but you'll have to know where you're cutting. If you want to be on the safe side, you can use a pencil on your dog's nails as a cut-off point. For dogs with lighter nails, you'll notice a rounded pink area.

    From Trimming Dogs Nails

    This will be the quick, and it is where the blood vessels are concentrated. Leave some adequate space when getting close to the quick. You don't want to get too close to the vessels. If you're fearful of any bleeding, you can keep a stock of antiseptic on hand in case the worse happens.

    Dark Nails

    My dog has dark nails, so it is a little harder for me whenever I trim. In this instance, you'll have to be very careful, cutting down a little at a time. If you notice a grayish-pinkish appearance starting to appear in the nail, stop immediately, since that will be the quick. And sometimes you can even see the quick in dark toenails, depending on the shade. If I look hard enough, I'm able to see the forbidden zone in my dog's toe nails.


    If your dog is overly frightened or aggressive in any way, stop the session and try again later. If all seems hopeless, take them to the groom instead. But, whatever you do, don't yell and punish the dog for resisting. It will only make them feel bad, and it will forever ingrain the negative experience with nail trimming. Despite the hurdles, it can be a quick and easy process, and always be sure to reward them with a treat and proper petting when finished.

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