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How To Trim Your Dogs Nails
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How to Trim Your Dogs Nails

Grooming your dog is one of those necessary expenses in caring for your pet, that doesn't directly affect his health. However, a clean and properly groomed dog makes for a happier and healthier pet. Some of the grooming chores can be done yourself. One of these is clipping his nails. If your dog doesn't go outside much her nails won't get worn down naturally, so a pedicure is a healthy treat for her.

If your dog is not accustomed to getting his nails clipped, this can be a little difficult at first. If possible trim the nails after a bath, when the nails are a little bit softer. Choose an area that is comfortable for you both, and begin with a paw massage. This will get him used to you handling his paws.

There are different kinds of clippers, the two most common being the guillotine type and the scissors type. The guillotine type is usually the easiest type to use on dogs. The scissors clippers are usually used when a nail has grown so long it is in a circle. This happens a lot to the claw on the inner side of the paw (dew claw) because it doesn't hit the ground when the dog walks.

If your using the scissors type you will place it at a right angle to the nail and clip just above the quick. If you use the guillotine type, you put the claw through the stationary ring. A blade will cut the nail when the handle is squeezed. Again, you want to cut the nail within about two millimeters from the quick. Make sure you have the blade facing you, not the dog. You do not want to cut the nail at the wrong angle!

If your dog has clear nails the quick is easy to see. It is the pink area closest to the paw. If your dog has dark nails, be careful not to trim too much. You can't see the quick, so just trim a small amount off and trim them more frequently. If you trimmed the nail at the proper angle they should be flush with the floor when he walks. After you have trimmed the nails, you may want to file them to smooth the surface.

If your dog does not go outside much, or wears shoes for dogs when she is outdoors, then you will need to trim the nails more often. Dogs that walk on concrete more often will not need it as much because the concrete files the nails down. Dog grooming can be a time to bond with your pet, if you are patient and prepared.


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Good article and it is time for me to trim nails, also. Thanks

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  about 6 years ago

Great article, Its time for me to cut my dogs nails. Thank you

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  about 6 years ago
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