Keeping your dog’s nails groomed goes beyond aesthetics; it is a health matter that may help prevent wounds from forming on your doggie’s paws.
If you have the correct utensils, not only can you can do it from the comfort of your home, but it will also calm your best friend since you will be grooming and not a complete stranger.
In this blog, we will guide you in grooming your furry friend’s nails, giving you tips and tricks along the way.
The first thing to keep in mind is that there is no particular age to cut your pet’s nails. You can begin as soon as you see that your dog feels uncomfortable or that their nails begin to hinder movement.
In fact, it is a good idea to form a habit from when they are puppies, so they will know that this is part of the routine. This process will make it much easier down the road when they grow up and become adventurers.
The second thing to consider is how often to cut your dog’s nails. The truth is that there is no set schedule since each breed of dog has different growth rates.
Similarly, depending on the type of exercise your dog performs, the nails can be filed naturally. Constant activity might mean you do not need to cut as regularly. This tip is mostly for people who have multiple best friends with different personalities!
Remember that you must have the right utensils to prevent hurting your furry friend(s) throughout this procedure.
In the market, you can find a variety of scissors to cut a dog’s nails, with different shapes and sizes. However, the most used are standard scissors or guillotine-style scissors.
Once you have the above steps in mind, you can proceed to cut their nails. Here are the steps you can follow from home:
First, examine your dog’s nails and identify the inner lining, which will show up as a pink line under the nail. Once found, we will carry out the following steps:
- Create a relaxed and calm environment for your pet ( remember that creating a ritual will help your doggie when they grow up.) Touch their paws daily to build up their confidence and comfort.
- Get your dog on their feet to observe the excess piece of nail and know precisely where to cut. The idea is to have the nail flush with the ground, almost not touching the ground.
- Start by grabbing one of their paws and run the scissors over it, then give them a treat. This way, they will feel an incentive and associate the scissors as something positive. Do this until you see them calm down.
- Remember, you must place the scissors at the appropriate height and apply the right pressure to make the cut as quick and clean as possible. The following diagram shows the proper cut. DO NOT cut the nails diagonally or upward.
- Once you have cut all the nails on the first leg, congratulate them and give them a treat. Repeat this process with the other paws!
- If your dog has black nails and you cannot see the area of the blood vessels, do not worry: cut little by little until you see a gray oval. When in doubt, always go to your vet.
- When you finish cutting the nails, we recommend you file them in case there are irregular cuts.
WATCH OUT: Before taking action, you must know what the dog’s nail is like! There is a living tissue underneath that we should not cut! We do not want to hurt our furry companion.
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