Grooming Your Dog: Cutting And Trimming Nails
How To Trim Your Dog's Nails
Hold the paw firmly, trim the tips, avoiding the pink "quick" and veins. If you cut away too much surface area, it might cut into these veins, so be careful. A dog that spends a lot of time outside wears his nails down naturally by contact with the pavement. Dogs that live indoors reap no such benefit, and will need a trim on a daily basis. Be sure to keep some stypic powder (available at pharmacies and pet stores) on hand in case of bleeding.
Again, dogs that do not have their nails trimmed at a young age often react with fear or hostility at this procedure when older. You might wish to get a few lessons on this tricky skill from a good veterinarian or dog groomer before you begin.
Dogs probably resent work on their nails more than anything else. If you start while he's young, you'll teach your puppy to accept this grooming. If overly difficult, ask your veterinarian to trim the nails.
Pain-Free Nail Clipping For Your Dog?
There are new and less painful alternatives when it comes to trimming your dog's nails. Some of these tools grind the nail away slowly rather than abruptly cutting it, which is apparently much less traumatic for the dog. Others detect the nail's "quick" with an electronic sensor, ensuring (they claim) a perfect pain-free cut every time. We have listed examples of these products below, but make no claim as to their effectiveness:
It is essential that you avoid the "quick" (vein and nerve endings) when cutting your dog's nails.
The Dremel Pet Nail Grooming kit allows you to quickly, easily and safely trim your pet's nails. The rotary action of the tool comfortably trims your pet's nails making it a much more enjoyable experience for your and your pet. With easy to follow instructions included in the kit, you'll be grooming pet nails in minutes. Features: Painless alternative to nail clippers Fast, easy & safe way to trim your pet's nails in minutes Compact, cordless and lightweight (18 oz) for easy handling Operates on a rechargeable NiCad battery (included) Get It Here:
Dremel Pet Nail Grooming Kit
PediPaws is a revolutionary nail trimmer for your dog or cat that quickly trims, rounds and smooths nails with no mess and none of the pain of traditional nail clippers. A precision emery filing wheel gently removes thin layers of nail, while a unique protective cap allows only the perfect amount of nail to be removed and catches all the filings so there's no mess. Features: Quiet motor, Traps filings, Cordless, Won't crack, splinter, or break nails, Rotating filing head gently files your pet's nails. Fast, easy & gentle. Requires 2 "C" batteries, not included. Get It Here:
PediPaws Pet Nail Trimmer - As Seen on TV
QuickFinder Clipper senses your pet's quick, and gives you visual cues as to when it is safe and when it is not safe to begin clipping. The sensor detects the changes in frequencies in your pet's nail due to sensing of the blood vessels and nerve endings in the quick. When the blood vessels or nerve endings are detected, the red light will illuminate. As you move the QuickFinder slowly toward the tip of the nail, the light will change to yellow (caution) and finally to green - safe to cut. Battery operated and includes two AAA batteries. Available for Small or Medium/Large breeds. Get It Here:
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