Like people, dogs need to have their bodies cared for, and one of the most problematic parts is their nails, so you must be sure to trim your dog’s nails properly. With a few simple steps, you can learn to trim your dog’s nails at home, thus avoiding that dreaded visit to the vet.
Why should you trim your dog’s nails? Some people might think that they trim their dog’s nails for simple aesthetics, but this is not the case. If your dog’s nails grow a lot, they can cause discomfort and pain when walking and even accustom his body to bad posture that risks health problems.
Nail Trimming Accessories
You no longer need to take your dog to the groomer if you have the correct nail trimming accessories.
What tools do you need to cut your dog’s nails? It is important to choose the best nail clippers. Bad nail clippers will hurt your dog, but you can make an easy, clean, and safe cut if you use quality nail clippers. It is best to spend a little more money; after all, in the long run, you will save a lot if you trim your dog’s nails at home. Nail trimming accessories come in various sizes, which you must keep in mind when making your purchase. Make sure to choose the correct items based on the size of your dog when you trim your dog’s nails.
- Nail trimmer
- Styptic powder
- Scissors (nail clipper guillotine)
- Nail file
- Tasty treats (to encourage a positive experience)
It is also necessary to know that dogs have blood vessels that pass through their nails that must be avoided when you trim your dog’s nails to avoid bleeding. Many times, dogs begin to feel anxious or stressed if they are taken to a groomer or veterinarian to get their nails trimmed. To minimize this discomfort, you can trim your dog’s nails at home with a little patience and affection.
You need to buy inexpensive but good-quality accessories like nail clippers and special files for your dog that won’t hurt or make them feel strange and even aggressive. Search the market for the best brand for this type of utensil.
Caring For Your Dog’s Nails
Caring for your dog’s nails does not require much study but rather a little patience. First, observe where the blood vessels are to avoid cutting them. If your dog has dark nails, start at the very end of the overgrown nail and slowly trim the nail. On the other hand, if you feel doubtful about your ability to trim your dog’s nails, it is best to take them to a professional to avoid injury.
It is important to trim your dog’s nails in accordance with the position of their foot pads, as these are what the dog places its weight on. In addition, dogs sweat through their foot pads so it is best to keep their nails short and well-trimmed to ensure they do not overheat.
It is also important to keep in mind that many times dogs can get overgrown nails that bend towards their skin which may cut the pet’s skin. For this reason, measures must be taken to avoid this and ensure its nails do not become buried in the skin.
It is recommended to trim your dog’s nails starting when they are a puppy to get them used to having their nails trims without issue, it is best to offer them some of their favorite treats during your session. If you are not confident in the beginning, you can go to an expert to teach you how to trim your dog’s nails. Your puppy will begin to see nail trimming as something that is normal, and when they grow up, they will no longer be scared of it.
steps to Trimming your dog’s nails
Nail trimming should not be traumatic for your pet. Therefore, the main thing is to choose a perfect moment where your dog is relaxed, and you are not in a hurry to trim your dog’s nails.
If you wish, you can give your puppy a massage before the nail trimming, and when he is relaxed, gently cut his nail. He will then begin to associate nail cutting with a positive experience.
The first cut should be done on the front legs so that he becomes familiar with the noise of the clippers. If the dog is not familiar with the sound he will become nervous, making trimming his nails more complicated and stressful. When you finish trimming the nails in front, make your way to his hind legs; ensuring that you approach the area with care and patience.
It is best to firmly hold your dog so they feel safe and do not jerk away causing you to cut them. However, do not throw, hit, or yell as your pet will become more nervous and associate nail trimming with something negative.
Always check to see where the blood vessels are before making a cut. These blood vessels are easy to see in dogs that have light color nails, however, it is difficult to see in dogs with black nails. If you happen to cut into the blood supply, press down firmly and apply some styptic powder and bandages to stop the bleeding.
After trimming the nails, you must file them down to ensure they are not sharp. This will ensure your dog does not cut themselves while scratching. You may also need to have a lot of treats on hand to give your pet for being good throughout the process. Consider giving him some special treats and offering him lots of praise so that he feels loved and trusted.
If you are still not comfortable with cutting your dog’s nails you can always take your furry friend to an expert, ensuring a clean and fast cut with a guaranteed good job, a happy dog, and the peace of mind that comes with having a dog that is clean and free of any danger with its nails.
Remember that you are responsible for the care of your pet from the first moment it reaches your hands, be it a puppy or an adult. In addition, if you are going to adopt a pet, we invite you to adopt one from a shelter to give it home since many need love.
What if I cut more nail than I should?
You should know that the dog’s nail is full of capillaries, so it must be cut very carefully. If you do not have the experience, it is more advisable to go directly to a professional since the wrong cut can cause the dog to bleed. If you decide to do it yourself, it is essential that you have styptic powder on hand to apply to the wound in case you harm the dog. If you don’t have it, you can try using hydrogen peroxide.
In some cases, the dog may continue to bleed, so if you think your dog is losing too much blood, see your vet immediately. We hope this information is useful and you face the challenge of cutting your dog’s nails with more peace of mind and security.