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How to trim a dog’s nails

Unless your dog runs around on hard surfaces that help keep toenails short, you have to cut or clip the nails about once a week; if you hear them clicking on a hard surface, it’s time for a trim.

Most dogs detest having their feet handled, so clipping may be difficult. But getting your dog used to this at an early stage helps. Try giving your dog a yummy treat after trimmings. And a “good dog” with a hug.

A dog’s toenail is made up of the nail itself and the “quick,” the pink (when it’s visible) part of your dog’s toenails that provides the blood supply to the nail. Avoid cutting into the quick because it bleeds quite a bit and it’s quite sensitive.

If you can’t do all of your dog’s nails at once, you can clip them one paw at a time, with resting periods in between.

To trim your dog’s nails, hold the foot steady, but hold it gently. 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 cutting stop immediately, you’re cutting the quick. Stop any bleeding immediately.

If you use a nail grinder rather than clippers, use the same method, hold your dog’s foot, turn on the grinder and grind a little off of each nail.

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