How to Cut Your Dog's Nails


Did you know that the dog has nails and that they usually wear out when they run or walk on hard floors?

In this post, we tell you everything you need to know about taking care of how to cut, your Dog's Nails.

First of all, you should consider that cutting dog nails is a very simple and healthy hygiene task, which you can do at home or take it to the pet groomer, and we recommend that you do it at least once a month.

Another very important thing to consider is that must get used to the dog since small. This makes it easier for the activity.

In the beginning, when your dog sees a nail cutter it will be a strange object for him, but over time he will take it as something familiar. In the moment of the cut the nails, play with the dog, tell him nice words, you will see that he will love it and he will feel very happy.

In general, a Dog's Nails grow fast, if he does not exercise they can grow in such a way that they become deformed and make it difficult for the dog to walk normally.

Take into account, also that one of the most important nails and that cannot wear out by itself, is that of the spur.  It is a nail that grows in a circular way and can get to dig into your dog's own pad and cause a lot of pain. This one is in the front legs and in some dogs, they also have them in the back legs, sometimes there are even two in the same place.

Tips of How to Cut Your Dog's Nails

You must first have a nail clipper and oxygenated water or iodine in case they bleed. In the market, you will find 2 types of nail clippers. One in the form of a guillotine and the other in the form of pliers or scissors.

Let's start, the cut should be vertical, less pain is produced by not touching the living area of the nail. This area is very delicate, be careful as blood vessels and nerves pass through it.

In some dogs you will find a black nail: so it is difficult to observe the living part in them so we will have to be very careful, here it is recommended to place the nail clippers in an inclined way, almost parallel to the ground to avoid touching the zone where the nerves pass.

In case of touching the vessels or nerves, and bleeding is generated, we can stop the hemorrhage by pressing a few minutes with a gauze moistened with hydrogen peroxide or iodine. If not stop the hemorrhage, silver nitrate would be applied to coagulate the blood. In case you can not stop the bleeding, go immediately to the veterinarian.

In other dogs we will see the white nails: in them, because they are white, the living part is easily observed, and where we will see, like pink color, so it will be easier to make the cut. This should be vertical too, without reaching the vessels or nerves. If when cutting we hurt the dog, we will do the same as with the black nail.

In case you cannot be cutting dog nails, go to a specialist.

Another serious recommendation, to do this activity together with 2 people. One to hold the dog and the other to cut the nails.

In conclusion
  1. We must know when is the right time for cutting the dog's nails. How do you know? There is a signal that alerts us that the time has come: when you hear the impact of the nails against the ground when walking. This means that the animal is poorly supporting its pads and that the nails are already too long.
  2. Perform the cut little by little with patience. We must avoid hurting our friend the dog, especially be careful when you cut black nails as the nerves of each finger extend more than we think and when making the cut not only will cause pain to your dog, but also begin to bleed. I recommend you check with the veterinarian to tell you the exact size or how far you can cut.
  3. Choose good tools to cut nails. In the market, there are two types: scissors and guillotines. In the first case, it will be easier to use, but in the second case, we ensure a strong and clean-cut, that is, at one time.
  4. Do not forget that before starting the cutting process, you should clean the nails. The nails in dogs are in continuous contact with the ground and with all kinds of materials, some of them can be embedded or accumulate and cause infections, wounds, bad smell, among others.

It also trims the hairs that grow between the fingers and pads to make it easier after cutting the nails or washing the area well. In turn, verify that no nail is split, have blood or cause pain when touching it. If that happens, consult a veterinarian for proper treatment. 

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