How to Trim a Dog’s Nails

January 19, 2011

While most of our clients prefer to have us trim their dog’s nails on a regular basis, we thought we would provide this little video tutorial on how to clip your dog’s nails yourself.

As it is with most things in life, the right tools are essential:

  • • Sharp, sturdy clippers that are comfortable in your hand
  • Styptic Powder

David Gibbons demonstrates how to clip a dog's nailsThe Quick
The quick of the nail is the pink part. It is a vein, so if you cut too close to the quick, the nail will bleed. Always cut beyond the quick. If you make a mistake and your dog’s nail begins to bleed, apply the styptic powder.

Be sure to position yourself comfortably so that you can hold your dog’s paw securely and make sure to lift the paw forward (not sideways) which can be uncomfortable (particularly for older dogs) and cause your dog to squirm. On the rear paw, remember that the nails may naturally be a little shorter (due to the weight of the dog) so clipping may not be necessary as often.

So give it a try! And if it doesn’t end up as easy as it looks, we’re always available to do a quick trim between groomings if you give us a call.

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