Trimming pet nails to the correct length is important for overall health. Nails that grow too long (often indicated by a clicking noise on hard surfaces) can impact balance and mobility, resulting in injury.
The Right Tools
The first item on your shopping list should be a high-quality pair of clippers. Cheap clippers can cause snags, breaks, and other problems, so investing in a good pair is recommended.
Generally speaking, there are two types of clippers:
- Guillotine style – which is good for small breed dogs
- Scissor style – which allow for greater control and come in a variety of sizes
Other tools for trimming pet nails include a grinder, styptic powder (to stem accidental bleeding), an emery board, and some treats to reward your pet if he or she is new to the experience. Our LED nail clipper will be your best choice for both puppies and seniors.
The Art of Trimming Pet Nails
The art of trimming pet nails isn’t difficult (we promise), but it does require some practice to develop the technique. Remember, you can always ask for pointers.
Here are general steps to make the task less stressful for you and your pet:
- To begin, wait until your pet is relaxed, such as after a long walk or a romp in the park.
- For small pups, find a well-lit room with a table or counter. For larger dogs, sit on the floor next to your pet.
- Lift your pet’s paw and inspect between the toes. Trim any hair that might impede your view of the nail.
- Locate the quick by finding the dark pink area that runs the length the nail. Cut a little at a time until you start to see the beginning of a circle in the center of the nail (this indicates you’re close to the blood vessel).
- If your pet has dark nails, clip a tiny bit at a time. Remain within the natural curved end of the nail until you notice the interior of the nail turn black (this indicates a proximity to the quick).
- Smooth out rough edges using an emery board or grinder.
- Throughout the process, reward your pet with verbal praise, pats, and a small treat when finished.
If you do happen to cut into the quick, don’t panic. Remain calm, and apply styptic powder or cornstarch to the area using a bit of pressure. If the bleeding continues, please take your pet to the pet hospital.