GUIDE TO DOG NAIL TRIMMING

Trimming your dog’s nails is an essential part related to maintaining his hygiene. Dog nail trimming is a process that you must maintain regularly as an act of love and care that you show to your buddy. Other than hygiene, nail trimming will be so important as it can make some annoying and painful conditions for your friend. It will also uplift his quality of life. So to provide your friend with the best in all aspects, let us get the knowledge on dog nail trimming.

IMPORTANCE OF DOG NAILS TRIMMING 

DOG NAIL

Trimming dog nails is beneficial in many aspects. When dogs have long grown nails, it is said that they feel so painful with them. Some dogs face serious issues too with the long nails of them. Mainly your friend will not be able to walk as they wish. Sometimes they will slip off at floors with the long nails non allowing them to control their movements.

As they do most of their activities by using their legs, sometimes your friend can be injured too. In serious cases, they also can develop posture problems too.

HOW TO IDENTIFY THE TIME TO TRIM

HOW TO IDENTIFY THE TIME TO TRIM dog

You must continue regular checkups on your friend’s nails. You can check them in two ways. They are when walking and when sleeping.

When your dog is walking, check whether his nails touch the ground. Also, check whether the nail growth passes his paw pads too. If so conclude that it is time to trim his nails.

One of the perfect times to check his nails is his sleeping time. So you can watch them clearly and see whether it is time to trim. You can check whether the nails click or have turned them sideways. Simply check whether the nails have begun to form “C” shape. If so it is time to trim.

DOG NAIL TRIMMING STEPS

STEP 01:  GATHER THE REQUIRED EQUIPMENT

DOG NAIL TRIMMING STEPS

  • Dog nail clipper
  • Dog nail grinder
  • A pair of scissors
  • A towel
  • An additional source of light (to observe nails)

After getting ready for all the required equipment, make sure that your dog is calm. If not let him be calm himself or else make him feel comfortable with cuddles. You must provide him with a sense of security even before starting the trimming.

STEP 02: IDENTIFY THE CUTTING RANGE

IDENTIFY THE CUTTING RANGE

We must be very careful in cutting their nails because their nails have blood supplies in them. If you cut the nail at the wrong place, then it will be so painful to your buddy and excessive bleeding too will occur. Due to these two main reasons, you must identify the cutting range first.

You must exclude the blood supply areas while cutting his nails. So you can place tour pal’s paws on the towel and use a small flasher to observe his nails. The flasher will help you to identify the area with blood supplies very easily.

Identify the cutting range at the end of blood supplies and make sure you always cut the nails parallel to the bottom.

STEP 03: TRIM THE NAILS

Trim nails

Just after identifying the cutting range, make sure that your pal is calm again. Allow your pal to be in a relaxed position and begin to trim. Do not try to cut out the nail at once. Remove the selected part in a few steps. You can observe his reactions while cutting and if he is still calm after the trimming, you have done it perfectly.

Although you follow the primary precautionary methods in nail trimming, there is still a chance of accidentally cutting the areas of blood supplies. In this case, don’t be afraid of seeing bleeding from his nails. First, you must make the necessary arrangements to stop the blood flow and then some actions to stop dirt from touching the wound. So no infections will occur. If the blood flow does not stop, then immediately contact your vet for advice and necessary action.

STEP 04: OFFER HIM TREATS

OFFER HIM TREATS

After your pal has been a good boy during the process of nail trimming you must offer him a treat. So he will not make the trimming experience an unpleasant one anymore. Afterward, he will act so pleasant to have the treat at the end.

If you are unable to do the trimming properly by yourself, contact your vet or a pet groomer to get it perfectly done. By following the discussed steps above, offer your pal the most exciting and happy experience in nail trimming while enabling him to achieve a quality status of living.

 

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