Majority of our dogs requires regular nail cutting — and here’s all you need to know.
Dogs’ nails, like ours, need to be trimmed on a regular basis. Many dog owner fear injuring their pets or making a mistake if they take their canines to the groomer for a trim.
You’ll probably have to clip your dog’s nail on a frequent basis unless he spends a lot of time outside on hard or rough terrain (which naturally keeps a dog’s nails trim). We’ll go over the why’s, what’s, and how’s of dog nail cutting so you can get it right for the first time.
If you’re pet owner and are worried about clipping your dog nail, don’t be! With a little patience, it might be a lot easier than you think.
Why do I need to cut my dog’s toenail?
So, what’s the big deal?
A dog’s nail, like ours, grow throughout his life. Because most domesticated dogs now spend more time indoors, their nails do not naturally wear down as quickly as they grow. Your dog’s nail may shatter and break if you don’t cut them, causing him pain.
When do I need to cut my dog’s nail?
When a dog’s nails come into contact with the ground, they should be clipped. If you hear your dog’s paw click-clacking with each step, it’s probably time for a nail trim!
The rate at which a dog’s nails grow to this length is mostly determined by their surroundings and activities; for example, the nails of a city dog that walks on a lot of pavements would likely stay naturally shorter than those of a dog who spends more time running on softer ground.
It’s a good idea to get your dog used to having his nails clipped from a young age so he’ll be much more comfortable with the process.
Dog Nail Trimming Tools
There are a many tools for your dog’s nail trimming, but they mostly fall into three categories:
Nail Clipper – nail clippers are available in a variety of styles, so you’ll be able to choose one that’s right for you and your dog nail. These clippers are very handy for trimming huge and giant breeds’ thick nails.
Guillotine cutters – These have a single blade that chops off the end of the dog’s nail, as the name implies. They are less difficult to use than clippers, but they are not considered as ‘heavy duty’ nail trimmer tool. Guillotine’s are best for smaller dogs with thinner nails than big dogs with thicker nails.
Nail File – a nail grinder or files down the tips of your dog’s nails. Nail files are versatile in that they can be used on thick or thin nails especially for the dew claw, and they can be used to cut nails without leaving sharp edges. They’re also a good option for dogs who don’t like having their nails cut.
Additional Equipment I Need
A few additional items are to be added:
- Styptic powder – keep some on hand to apply to your dog’s nails if they begin to bleed (which indicates you’ve cut the ‘quick’ – more on that later).
- Treats – Have a few on available to aid your dog’s transition, especially if you inadvertently hurt him.
In general, nail trimming will not be your dog’s favorite activity, so be prepared with plenty of treats and reassurance to reward him for his cooperation.
Clipping Dog Nails ( 4 Steps )
After you’ve gathered all of the tools you need, it’s time to clip your pet’s nail. Choose a decent time to perform it – perhaps after a meal or after some activity – and follow these easy procedures.
1 .Take one of his front paws and hold it in your hand Begin with the forepaws. Identify which dog’s foot where you want to make the cut using nail clippers by holding his paw firmly but softly.
2. Cut the nail without using the ‘fast’ method
Using the dog nail clippers,remove the nail tip on your dog’s claw and trim it. Always clip dog nails from top to bottom and avoid cutting at an angle by cutting perpendicular to the nail.
The ‘quick,’ which contains nerves and blood arteries, is found within each dog nail. You should avoid cutting this since it will bleed and bring agony to your dog. If your dog’s nails are white nail, the quick should be visible as a faint pink line. Only cut 2mm away from the quick.
Unfortunately, if your dog’s nail is black nail, the quick will be hidden. When trimming your dog’s dark nails, though, keep an eye out for a dark area in the center of the freshly clipped edge; this is where the quick begins.
If you are unsure, it is always best to chop off too little; you can always cut off a little more later if necessary. If your dog’s claws are black and/or you’re unsure about doing it yourself, take him to a professional groomer or doctor.
What if I cut the quick by accident?
Don’t be alarmed! Accidents do occur.
Apply styptic powder to the afflicted nail until the nail stops bleeding, then reward your dog with a treat and plenty of love.
If you’re concerned and don’t want to continue clipping his nails, take him to a professional groomer or veterinarian and have them do it for you.
If you don’t have any styptic powder on hand, try cornstarch or flour instead. Wipe away as much blood as possible with a cotton ball, tissue, or paper towel. Take a pinch of the powder and apply it to the nail tip fast. Before continuing on to the other nails, give your dog a break and a treat. Though cutting into the quick causes severe agony, it is short-lived and should not impair your dog’s ability to walk.
3. Lay him down on his side to work on his back paws.
This will make accessing and holding his back paws much easier.
4. Give him cookies and cuddles when you’re finished!
Because this is something you’ll have to perform on a regular basis, make it as pleasant as possible for your dog. Give him lots of snacks and reassurance when you’re done.
“It’s critical to have your dog’s nails trimmed on a regular basis in order to keep them healthy.”
Nail Trimming Tips:
- If the nails are brittle, the cut may splinter the nail in some circumstances. In these circumstances, file the nail in a sweeping motion, beginning at the back and working your way to the tip.
- Rather of attempting to remove huge chunks, trim a small bit on a regular basis.
- Purchase a decent pair of nail trimmers that are the right size for your dog. They have the potential to endure a lifetime.
Preventing Problems During a Nail Trim
Even with extra persons present, some dogs will not sit still for nail trimming. You might attempt progressively desensitizing your dog to nail trimmings by working with him.
If the dog tolerates limited paw handling, reward it, and then work your way up to nail trimming. If your dog is attempting to bite you or fighting so hard that it may damage you or itself, it is better to leave the nail trimming to the pros.
Fortunately, most veterinarians and groomers charge only a little cost for basic nail trimming. Sedation may be required to cut nails in extreme circumstances.
How Often Should You Cut Your Dog’s Nail?
Trimming your dog’s nails once a month is a decent rule of thumb. Dogs who spend most of their time inside or on the grass may require nail cutting every couple of weeks, whereas dogs who spend most of their time outside or on the grass may require nail trimming every couple of weeks.
Allowing your dog’s nails to grow too long isn’t simply a momentary issue; the quick can lengthen, making it impossible to cut your dog’s nails as short the following time.
You should be able to maintain your dog on a regular nail trimming schedule now that you know how to cut dog nails. Nail clipping is an important aspect of keeping your dog healthy, happy, and pain-free from overgrown dog nails so start using these tips right away.
Cutting your dog’s overgrown nail will not only make them look better, but it will also enhance their foot health and lessen the risk of severe injuries. All it takes is a little patience. If it becomes too difficult, seek the assistance of a dog groomer or a veterinarian to alter your dog’s attitude toward the process. Remember, your dog will be more inclined to follow your lead if you remain calm and relaxed. Clipping the nails will become just another treat-filled pastime with time, patience, and practice.
If you ignore it, a variety of things can happen. Nails, for example, can grow and curl into the paw pad. The nails might also crack down to the quick in some circumstances. That would not only be uncomfortable, but it would also put you at danger of infection.
Dogs with long nails are more likely to split and splinter. This is comparable to a human hangnail. It is not only excruciatingly uncomfortable, but it may also necessitate a trip to the veterinarian.
1. Slow down.
2.Take a strong but gentle grip on your dog’s paw.
3. Cut the nail from top to bottom using the clippers (not side to side)
4. Trim a little section of the nail, about 1/16th of an inch long.