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How to Trim Your Dog's Nails at Home

Nail trimming is one part of grooming that every dog needs, As long nails can cause problems to anyone same as dogs .You should plan trimming your dog’s nails once a month .Large dogs that walk on sidewalks need little trimming apart from their dew claws .Small dogs tend to go for shorter walks and need every couple of weeks .As you may already know, dogs have a vein in their nails called a quick so you should trim a little bit of your dog’s nail every week to encourage the vein to shrink back. Nail grinders are a great way to get your dog’s nails short ,You can also use dog nail clippers to trim a little bit at a time.



Most dogs detest having their feet handled, so clipping or trimming may never be your favorite shared activity, but getting your dog used to this ritual at an early stage helps you both weather the process. Try giving your dog a yummy treat after the trimming session, along with a big hug, a boisterous “Good dog!” and a healthy scratch behind the ears.

To trim your dog’s nails:


  1. Hold the foot steady, but hold it gently.

  2. Snip off a small bit of the end of each toenail.

    Using either the guillotine or scissors-type clippers, place a tiny bit of the nail in the nail clipper and snip.

    If the nail feels spongy while you’re trying to cut it, stop immediately — you’re cutting the quick!

  3. Stop any bleeding immediately.

    If you cut the quick (often called quicking), you’ll have an unhappy dog and a bloody mess. The quick bleeds a great deal, so if you cut it, you need either a nail cauterizer — a tool that stops the bleeding by applying heat — or styptic powder you can apply with a cotton swab. Have a damp washcloth at hand ready to clean up styptic powder and blood as necessary.

    Quicking hurts a lot, and most dogs remember the experience long afterward.


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