We always remember to trim our nails, but many times our pooches nails are forgotten. It is very easy to let our dogs toe nails get to long, which can be a little hazardous for you and for them. For example when your dogs nails are too long they can easily get them stuck or hung up on something which may cause the nail to tear when he wrenches his foot away, also when he jumps up on you to say hello he may scratch you with those nails. Long nails can also be hard on your hardwood floors and nail trimming is a critical factor in dog grooming.
Some people trim their dogs nails themselves and some would rather have their groomer or veterinarian do it. If you are one of those who does it themselves there are a few things to remember. First you should always use a nail trimmer made for dogs, anything else may hurt your dog and make him less likely to sit still for you the next time. Always try to make it a good experience for the dog, and just expect him to be good instead of assuming he will be difficult. There are two nail colors black and white, white is great because that means you can see the quick. Dogs have quicks just like us and just think how it would feel for someone to cut your nail past the quick. Black nails are more difficult because you can’t see where that quick is, this is where you want to proceed with caution. It is best to start by trimming the middle digits just a little at a time. Remember every dog is different some dogs have long quicks while others are very short. When in doubt trim less, you can always trim more next week if need be. If the nails are white and you can see the quick don’t trim all the way up to it give it a little buffer so the dog will not be sore. It is also a good idea to have a bottle of blood stop powder handy, just in case. When you are trimming nails sooner or later you will trim a little to close and the dog may bleed. Although you will feel awful, it is not the end of the world there is no permanent damage done, just dab a little blood stop powder on there and he will stop bleeding soon.
If you are not somone who wants to do this themselves then just take your pet to dog groomer, almost all groomers trim the nails when they are grooming a dog. The best thing you can do it to handle your dogs feet at home even if you aren’t going to do trim the nails. This will make it easier for your groomer to do their job safely without the dog trying to wrench their feet away.