5 Safety Tips for Trimming Dog Nails

Our furry friends may look cute with a manicure, but they also really need it to stay healthy.

If you don’t have time to take your dog on long walks every day outdoors, it’s incredibly important that you keep up with trimming their nails. And it’s not just so they don’t scratch your floors.

When a dog has nails that are too long, they can actually experience a lot of pain in their foot and over time it can change how their joints are aligned. If this has you freaked, take a deep breath.

We’ve rounded up 5 of the best safety tips for trimming dog nails so you and your pup can be pain-free.

1. You’re Only As Good As Your Tools

There 3 main types of clippers that you can use for your dog.

Nail Grinders

This is basically an electric nail file. It spins quickly so when you press it against your dog’s nails it files them down slowly.

Scissor-Style Trimmers

These are another option that some find a little easier to use. Just be sure to keep them sharp and clean for best use.

Guillotine Trimmers

These tools have a hole in the center that the dog nail goes through. Then you simply squeeze to cut.

Take into account what breed you have and how sensitive they are when you hold their nails.

2. Not All Paws Are The Same

Do a little research before you grab those clippers.

The best way to know what to do is by knowing the anatomy of your furry friend. Most owners know not to cut too much of the nail off, but maybe not why.

Inside your dog’s nail is what’s called the quick. Cutting this is very painful for your dog and can create a lot of bleeding. If you’re having a hard time finding it, you can look under the nail to see where it starts.

Knowing where the quick is will avoid a vet visit for your pup and make your nail grooming sessions a breeze.

3. Start a Routine

Routines can make something uncomfortable much more approachable.

Make sure you begin clipping your dog’s nails at a young age. It may begin as a frustrating process, but before you know it, your dog will be less and less afraid of their monthly manicure.

If your puppy is a little nervous, try petting them and touching them around their paws so they get used to the idea of someone holding their nails. Usually starting younger makes them much more receptive as they get older.

4. Use a Table

A majority of home groomers may start out clipping their pet’s nails on the floor, but you could be making it harder on yourself that way.

If you use a table, you’re able to allow your dog to lay down while you are in a comfortable position to see their nails. You don’t even have to spring for a designated dog grooming table.

Just put some padding on top of a table you already own. This will be the best way to keep both you and your dog calm and care-free.

5. Know What To Do For An Accident

Sometimes the worst case scenario happens no matter how hard you try.

To be safe, get familiar with what to do in the event your dog’s nail begins to bleed. And if it stresses you out too much, there’s always the option of taking your furry friend to a professional.

Trimming Dog Nails At Home Or Away

Follow these 5 safety tips for trimming dog nails to make sure you give your pup the best experience possible.

When you’re ready to really pamper your dog, make a reservation with us. We’ll make them feel like they’re home even when they aren’t.

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