Poodles N Pooches Dog Grooming Service in Bromely, West Wickham, Orpington, Locksbottom

Nail Care Basics

Walking on hard surfaces, such as the pavement, will naturally wear down the nails. But untrimmed nails can break, bleed or even grow into the feet, causing the animal a lot of discomfort. Hearing a 'click-click-click' as your pet walks on hard floors is the most obvious sign that nails need a clip. Once you learn how to do it, clipping your dog's nails is as easy as clipping your own.


 

How to clip your dog's nails

  • Sit on the floor with your pet, or make yourself comfortable. Only use nail trimmers that have been specifically designed for pets - and ensure they are sharp. I am happy to recommend one.
  • Hold your pet's paws firmly in your lap and push on the pads lightly to make the nail stick out. Starting at the end of the nail, clip at a 45-degree angle with the cutting end of the nail clipper towards the nail. With dark nails, trim very thin cuttings off the end until the nail is shorter. If you see a black dot in the centre of the nail, you have got to the quick and should stop cutting immediately.
  • Be very careful to avoid the nail quick, which on white nails is the pink section. The quick contains nerves and blood vessels and when nicked will bleed easily. If you do cut the quick, apply pressure with a cotton ball. Don't brush off the blood clot when the bleeding has stopped. Consult your vet if the bleeding continues.
  • Remember to trim the dewclaw nail, which is located on the inside of the leg. If left untrimmed, they curl up and grow into the soft tissue like an ingrown toenail.
  • Trim the nails preferably once a week, but at least twice a month. The more your trim them the easier it becomes - it's better to take off small amounts more often than to remove large portions every once in a while.

General advice

  • Teach nail trimming from an early age. Play 'pretend trimming' by touching the feet then rewarding your dog with a favourite treat.
  • Use a normal nail file to file the soft toenails of puppies or older Dogs with brittle nails, which is unlikely to cause pain or bleeding.
  • Animals that have no reason to fear the procedure will also require the least restraint and have the least stress. However, it is a good idea to get Dogs used to at least some restraint (hugging, holding a leg, applying slight pressure to the toes), again with ample rewards.
  • If this becomes too much of an ordeal and the stress or fear of injury is preventing you from necessary tasks like trimming, ask a me for assistance.



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