Trimming your dog’s toenails is simply a matter of cutting out the excess. It is necessary to do this without causing pain.
Trimming your dog’s pedicure, not only to improve the appearance, but also is a very important task in its health care. Untrusted nails can cause a range of problems, such as broken nails that can be painful and cause blood loss. In some cases, the nail will curl, grow back, and stab inside the dog’s paws.
An easy sign that your dog’s toenails are too long is when walking in places without a carpet it will make a “click-click-click” sound, some may have difficulty walking, or show pain. pain, may include lifting up the affected nail, and only walk with the remaining feet.
Trimming your dog’s toenails is simply a matter of cutting out the excess. To do this without causing pain for your dog, the first thing you need to know is what’s left over, what’s the nerve and what’s the blood vessel.
Please follow these steps:
Tools: a nail clipper, powders to stop bleeding, blotting pads, or other products to prevent blood loss if you accidentally cut the dog’s soft flesh.
You can sit on the floor with your dog, cuddle it or ask someone to help you to keep it still. Hold the puppy firmly, continue pushing the instep to extend the toenail. Locate where is the end of the tender meat. With clear and bright nails, it is easy to see the end of soft flesh where pink.
Using a nail clipper for the dog, cut the nail below the soft flesh at a 45-degree angle, with the final nail clipper cutting toward the bottom of the nail. You will cut off the tip of the dog’s toes. For dogs, especially those with darker colored nails, a small nipper should be used instead of cutting a larger piece. Cut small, thin pieces at the bottom of the nail until you see a black dot appear in the center of the nail. This is the starting point for the soft meat you need to avoid. One very useful information is that the more you dilute your dog’s nail, the more the software grows back into the nail, allowing you to shorten the time for each cut.
In some cases, if the nail is brittle, the cut may cause small nail fragments. In these cases, you should use a nail file and file from the innermost position of the nail and move along the curve of the nail. A few files can remove the sharp edges and your dog’s toenails will become smoother.
If your dog will sit for a long time, cut the entire nail this way. In the opposite case, let it rest a bit. And remember not to cut its magical claw (claw). In most domestic animals, the hoof is raised above and on the inside of the lower leg. If you do not trim the nail, it can grow longer and will bend, stabbing soft tissue causing infection and soreness like the case of ingrown toenails.
If you accidentally cut the tender piece of meat, wipe off the blood and use hemostatic medication to stop the bleeding. If the wound is not too serious, it will recover in a very short time, if necessary, contact your veterinarian for treatment.
Some helpful tips
Cutting your nails in small pieces sequentially and regularly is better than trying to cut a large piece. Trim your dog’s nails every week, even for long walks that gradually wear down their toenails. The soft fleshy, blood vessels in the center of the toenails, it will grow similar to the growth of the nail length. So if the time between two cuts is quite far, the soft meat will be very close to the tip of the nail. This can cause bleeding during nail clippers.
Cut the claw so that when the dog moves on the floor, its toenails won’t touch the floor.
It is advisable to invest in a very good sized nail nippers. They will be very durable and can be used throughout the dog’s life.
Make your puppy’s time fun and not a struggle or endure. This is not a boring and unhappy chore. If your dog is not used to having a nail clipper, start slowly, slowly holding his toes firmly for 15-30 seconds. Do not let it bite you. It will take a week or more for the dog to get used to this. As your dog gets used to it and doesn’t resist when his paw is held, cut a nail and if it’s okay, praise it and have some fun with it. After a while, continue cutting to the next nail until all the nails are cut.