Keeping paws in perfect condition is important to avoid injuries, unwanted scratches and to prevent paw deformities. Hassle free, stress free at home pawdicures are much easier (and cost effective!) than it may sound. You'll just need the right tools and a very short introduction time for your pup.
Why is it essential to cut your dog's nails?
Usually, dogs wear their nails done when walking on hard ground. This might not always happen, so we should check them ourselves to see if they are too long. If a dog's nails grow excessively, they will be unable to walk correctly, uncomfortably. They begin to adopt awkward postures leading to serious health problems such as sprains or injuries to their paws. Also, the nail can grow so long that it burrows into the skin, leading to pain and potential infection.
How often should the nails be cut?
A dog's nails should not exceed the pads at their paws. As soon as we see them start to approach the end of the power pad, it's time for a trim. During winter, dogs typically get less outdoor time, which makes their paws and nails less exposed to 'natural grinders' while out and about. Make sure to check your dogs nails in the winter more frequently.
What does it take to cut a dog's nails?
To be able to trim the nails of a dog at home without hurting them, will need to be appropriate tools. For small and medium-sized dogs, the most advisable thing is to use a pair of Clippers, preferably with a guard like this.
It's important to note that trimmers like claws come in several sizes, so it's essential to choose the size best suits our dog.
For larger dogs, it is best to choose a guillotine-style Clipper with more effective design. And if we were too unsure of our ability to trim a dog's nails with Clippers as they do not like to be manipulated, we can still use a nail grinder instead. it's easy to use and allows us to file the dog's nails to the perfect length.
Finally, we recommend having styptic or silver nitrate parted to stop hemorrhaging. If they accidentally cut too much, both can be found in veterinary clinics.
Now that we have the right tools, we can talk about the formation of the dog's nails and how far we should cut.
Inside the nail is living tissue, which we should never cut since this would cause great pain to the animal. This tissue can be observed by looking at the nail in the light. It is shown in a pink color line, and it doesn't extend to the tip. This is our cutting limit. It is also imperative we cut in a straight line or at a slight angle that follows the natural shape of the nail. If your dog has black nails and cannot see that tissue, you should place it on a flat surface and trim the nails on the ground.
Now we start with these steps if this is the first time you've trimmed your dog's nails.
You should familiarize them with the Clippers and relate them to positive stimuli. To do this, let them smell the Clippers and give them a reward when they do. This must be done for a few days before the clicker.
Create a relaxed environment and accustom your dog to being touched on their legs. If you haven't done so already. Ask another person to help by holding the dog.
Grab one of the nails and examine it to see the living tissue and know how far to cut. Cut the nail with Clippers in a quick motion.
If you take too long, it can make the dog nervous and try to escape. Repeat with all the other nails.
For black nails, you can use the grinder. Simply turn it on and placed the nail in the right part following the product instructions.
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🐶 Touch their paws and nails regularly, so they get used to being handled.
🐶 Present the clipping tools positively and reassure them not to be scared.
🐶 Avoid cutting your dog's nails when stressed, nervous, or in a hurry.
🐶 It's best to carry the side when you can during the nail cutting session.
🐶 Don't forget to use words of encouragement and reassuring pat, so they associate the experience positively.
🐶 If you notice you are too tired or nervous, stop and do it at another more appropriate time.
🐶 Synthetic pheromones can sometimes help create a relaxed environment.
🐶 If you adopt your dog as a puppy, start this routine as soon as possible.
🐶 Only use Clippers, which are dog-specific.
🐶 Be patient and positive as not all dogs who get used to this routine quickly.
🐶 If your dog has a lot of fur on their paws, it's best to trim this before clipping their nails.
When to go to the veterinarian?
If your dog is too uncomfortable being manipulated or even shows aggression during a clipping, it's best to go to event or professional groomer to have their nails cut. If your dog's nails are black, it may also be preferable to visit a specialist.
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