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How to cut your dog’s nails: tips, mistakes to avoid

enero 12, 2021

Cutting your dog’s nails is important to prevent possible injuries to the animal, as well as for an aesthetic function. Nails can also be conveniently trimmed at home, with the right tools.

Why cut your dog’s nails

Dog nails grow all the time, like those of humans and many other animals. In nature, digging and running outdoors, nails wear out as they grow. In animals living in apartments this does not happen and it is therefore necessary to provide for trim your nails periodically, before they become too long, with special scissors or clippers for dogs. If the growth of the nails is excessive, the dog risks getting injured while scratching, injuring his paws while playing or ruining the house itself, for example by running on the parquet.

It is also a matter of comfort, because the dog moves more easily when the fingertips touch the ground and not the nails. A dog that is not used to grooming may find the idea of ​​cutting his nails unpleasant. Paws in particular are areas where dogs don’t like being handled. In this case it is good to proceed when the dog is already calm, acting calmly but decisively to prevent it from rebelling.

When to cut your dog’s nails

It would be good to start cut your dog’s nails from a puppy, so that you get used to this as soon as possible. There is no fixed frequency with which to trim dogs’ nails. Regrowth depends on the size of the animal, its age and the physical exercise it performs. An active puppy may naturally wear out his nails and not need to trim them often, especially if he can spend time outdoors, while an older or very sedentary dog ​​will need some extra attention.

The ideal is to check the paws about once a week and have them trimmed with a specific tool, such as dog clippers or nail scissors when it seems necessary. For the first few times it is possible consult a specialist in order to see and learn how to do it and above all to get the animal used to being handled and groomed. Nail cutting itself is an operation that takes a few moments, but a riotous dog and an inexperienced owner can turn it into a real odyssey.

Where to cut your dog’s nails

THE grooming centers for pets they also generally provide a nail cutting service, but it is also possible to do it at home, as long as you know exactly how to act and the dog is tame throughout the operation. Dog nails contain live tissue so don’t cut them too short to avoid hurting your dog. If the animal has white or semi-transparent nails it is easy to identify where the fabric begins and therefore where to cut the nail. If the dog has black nails it is better to proceed by trial and error, cutting little by little and always paying attention to the reactions of the animal. Another trick is to cut the animal’s nails while it is standing, to see the unnecessary part of the nail more clearly.

What tools to use to trim your dog’s nails

On the market there are specific products for cutting the nails to the dog, such as clippers, nail clippers and nail scissors specially designed for pets. The nail clippers Idoorina Grooming, for example, they are made in small, medium and large sizes depending on the size of the dog and are available on Bauzaar at extremely advantageous prices. Dog nails are in fact thicker than human ones and, especially for large dogs, it is absolutely essential to use a specific tool. These products are extremely sharp and allow you to make clean and quick cuts, in order to make grooming easier and quicker and prevent the dog from getting tired or nervous.

What to do in case of errors

When cutting dogs’ nails it is important to always maintain maximum concentration, because there is always the risk of injuring the animal. Accidents can happen, for example if the dog jerks during grooming or does not want to have his nails clipped. Generally paws are a fairly delicate area, that dogs do not like to be handled, so it is important to always be alert and decisive, but not intimidating. Cutting the nails too short can cause bleeding and considerable pain for the animal, which will then try to get away.

The important thing is to stay calm and keep a gauze with a little hydrogen peroxide handy, to disinfect the wound and stop the bleeding, or better still, some specific antiseptic powder for dogs. This is a small incident that resolves itself in minutes, but if repeated it could convince the animal that cutting nails is a painful torture rather than a pleasure. To avoid this, it would be better to visualize well and clearly up to where it is possible to cut and, in case of doubt, always proceed by default without ever exaggerating.