How to Trim Your Dog’s Nails

Nail health is extremely important for the overall health of your pet. If the nails grow too long, they could grow in to the skin or even cause arthritis. It is recommended that you or a professional pet groomer trim your pet’s nails regularly, once every 1-2 weeks for dogs and once a month for cats.

If you would rather trim your pet’s nails without help from a pet groomer, here are the tips you need to know:

1.) It is extremely important to understand that trimming your pet’s nails can be painful for your pet if not done properly.

2.) Before you start, make sure you have the products necessary: pet nail trimmers, nail file and styptic powder. Do not use human nail trimmers as they are not shaped properly or as strong as needed.

3.) Once you are ready to begin, make your pet as comfortable as possible by either holding him yourself or having someone else hold him. Gently pick up the paw and hold it casually so that your pet does not feel constrained or in harm’s way.

4.) Now apply a small amount of pressure on the pad of your pet’s paw causing the nail to protrude slightly and making it easier to trim. Trim the nail a little bit at a time.

5.) Be sure to avoid the quick, the pink area on light-colored nails, which will begin to bleed.  If this does happen, just dip the nail in styptic powder to stop the bleeding.

Consider watching a video on pet nail trimming before trying it on your own so that you can have a sense of what it should look and feel like.

For questions or concerns about trimming your pet’s nails on your own, or if you have decided you would rather entrust this to pet groomers, contact one of these pet grooming businesses.

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