Your Pooches Nail Care
Your dogs nail care is just as important if not more important than your own nail care! The basic rule of thumb is when their nails touch the ground, its time to be trimmed. You will see dogs who live in an area where there is mostly grass or dirt, or mainly inside dogs, will need their nails trimmed much more often than a dog who lives in the city. This is because they are not naturally grinding down their nails on pavement and gravel like most city living dogs do. In fact, most city pooches won’t ever need their nails trimmed, unless they still have their dew claws, then in that case those two nails will need a trimming here and there.
Make sure to purchase nail trimmers for your dog in the correct size. You would never want to use large snippers on a toy breed for example. There are also nail filers available, which instead of clipping will grind the nail down and round out the rough edges. Some are battery powered while others will plug into an outlet.
Of course you always want to make sure your pooch is okay with having their paws touched and held. Ideally you would have started this while they were a young pup, getting them use to having their paws touched and then eventually their nails trimmed. Make sure to take your time and stay calm yourself, because remember, whatever your feeling on the inside, your dog will feel through your energy as well!
While holding your dogs paw firmly, clip the nail top to bottom, not side to side, and be sure to cut a similar curvature in its nail, verses a completely vertical cut. Be sure not to clip the quick, which is the pink area that contains blood vessels and nerves. However if you do by accident, expect and little whine from them, and calmly apply a styptic powder to stop the bleeding. A good indicator that your nearing the quick is when you see a circle on the nail where you just clipped. When you see this, you know that nail is trimmed up and your ready to move to the next one.
If you have a complete fear of trimming your dogs nails, or even a lot of anxiety, please do not hesitate to bring them to a groomer and let a professional do it for you. We always recommend finding reviews on the groomer of your choice before making a decision of who to go with for your trimming needs. Happy Trimming!!