It’s a chore that is disliked by both man and beast: Cutting your dog’s nails. But it’s one that is necessary for your dog’s health, as well as his comfort.
We’ve put together a few tips from experts to help make the job go a little bit easier — for both of you.
Dogs Naturally Magazine recommends using only scissor-type clippers. The guillotine style ones will crush Fido’s toes, and never put the entire nail in the clipper, or you’ll cut the quick, resulting in pain and injury.
When you file, do only the insensitive part of the nail, around the top and sides of the quick. If you accidentally cut the quick, Dogs Naturally recommends using cornstarch to stop the bleeding.
Chances are your dog will need some form of restraint in order for you to clip his nails. One method recommended by Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine is to place him on a table. Stand on the side of the table opposite the claws you are trimming, and drape your arms and upper body over him. When trimming the front claws, keep your left forearm over the neck to keep your dog from lifting his head. Hold the paw in your left hand and hold the trimmer in your right hand. If your dog tries to stand, lean your upper body over his shoulders.
Always trim in a well-lit room (use your reading glasses, if you wear them.) Always keep the clipper blades nearly parallel to the nail and never cut across the finger, adds Dog Naturally. Be aware of how tightly you’re holding Fido’s paw. Don’t squeeze his toes. If he becomes agitated quickly, try trimming one nail every sixteen days.
If you’re stressed, your dog will sense it.“Make nail trimming fun: always associate nail cutting with cookies and praise,” notes Dogs Naturally.
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