Thinking about what would happen if you trimmed your dog’s nails might be like thinking about asking a monkey to sit still while waving a banana in front of him. There might not be much hope. However, if you are up for it and you can get your dog to sit still long enough, you can do it yourself.
It is important to get your dog’s nails trimmed whether it’s done by yourself or Dr. Adney. Long nails are painful for dogs to walk on and can actually create infections if they break. It should be a part of your dog’s regular grooming routine.
Firstly, supplies. You will need specific clippers for dogs to trim the nails. Most pet stores carry them. A recommended type is the “guillotine clipper.” This type of clipper has a hole for you to put the nail through and has two ends (like pliers) that you squeeze and the end of the nail trims off. Next you will want to get a dog nail-file.
Just like all things, there is a way to do it and there are plenty of ways that it shouldn’t be done. When you are using the guillotine clipper, cut from the top to the bottom, not side to side. It’s important that you cut straight down and don’t actually twist the nail if your dog moves.
As a warning, if you cut too far down on the nail, you can actually cause bleeding that can last for quite a while. It’s important that you simply trim and then file the nail.
If your dog has clear nails you can see where the quick of the nail is. If you cut that, this is actually was causes the bleeding. So, trim before that part! If your dog has black or dark nails, you will not be able to see the quick so just trim a bit off and file it down.
If your dog gets anxious while you are doing this (which will probably happen…most don’t like their paws messed with!) give him or her a treat, reward your pet and take it slow.
If all else fails, you have your favorite vets and staff at Day and Evening Pet Hospital who would be more than happy to help you and your dog. Have fun!