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How To Trim A Dog’s Nails. Save $$$. By the end of this lesson, you will be able to safely and effectively clip a dog’s nails. Reduce Stress. Dogs need to have their nails trimmed regularly. It\'s more than just for show; overgrown nails can: .

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Save $$$

By the end of this lesson, you will be able to safely and effectively clip a dog’s nails




Dogs need to have their nails trimmed regularly. It\'s more than just for show; overgrown nails can:

cause a dog\'s foot to splay which can lead to gait and posture problems or even lameness

cause damage to a person\'s clothing and skin as well as furniture, carpets, etc.

grow into a dog\'s tender pad

and become infected split,

break or be torn off all together

identifying where to cut
Identifying Where To Cut
  • Often, the most challenging part about trimming nails is trying to identify how much of the nail can be safely removed.
  • In this picture, the tip of the pointer identifies where the sensitive structures of the nail begin.
  • The nail should not be trimmed below this point.
light vs dark colored nails
Light vs. Dark Colored Nails

In this nail, the same area is identified by the nail trimmers.

Notice the transition from the light, almost transparent nail to the darker colored sensitive structures.

For darker nails such as this one, the bottom of the foot pad can be used as a landmark.

Any part of the nail that hangs below the foot pad can usually be removed.

If there is any doubt, be conservative

& trim nails more frequently

actual cutting
Actual Cutting
  • After the appropriate area for trimming the nail has been identified, the nail trimming device should be placed over the nail.
  • Gently squeeze the instrument until it is touching the nail.
  • Make sure the trimmers are in the right place and then in one quick motion clip the nail completely off.
whew you did it
Whew! You Did It!
  • Be sure to use sharp trimmers and try to clip the nail in one quick motion.
  • If the trimmers are dull or the cutting motion on the nail is done slowly, the nail has the tendency to crack or split.
  • The nail in this picture has been cut properly.

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i cut too much now what
I Cut Too Much! Now What?
  • If bleeding does occur after the nail has been trimmed, simply apply direct pressure to the nail with a sterile cotton ball or pad.
  • Keep the pet relaxed and confined to allow the blood to coagulate.
  • If bleeding cannot be stopped, seek professional help.
in conclusion
In Conclusion . . .

Remember that dog’s have to have their nails trimmed on a regular basis for both you and your dog’s comfort.

Additionally . . .

use sharp trimmers & one quick motion,

do not cut into the sensitive areas of the nail structure,

use firm pressure and a sterile cotton pad if bleeding does occur,

be confident,

and the best part is you will save yourself . . .