HOW TO TRIM MY DOG’S NAILS 101
How often should I trim my dog’s nails?
Most dogs need to have their nails trimmed approximately once monthly. The best way to determine whether your dog is due for a nail trim is to closely examine your dog’s nails. Get down low on the ground and look to see whether your dog’s nail touch the ground. If they do, they are too long and should be trimmed.
How do I safely trim my dog’s nails?
It will be easier to trim your dog’s nails if you have someone who can help by restraining your dog. Then, take your dog’s paw in your hand and examine the nail. If your dog has light-coloured nails, you should be able to see the quick within the nail. Your goal is to cut approximately 2-3 mm away from the quick to avoid causing your dog pain. If your dog has dark nails, use a series of small clips, removing 1-2 mm of nail with each clip, you can gradually work the nail back to a shorter length while minimizing the likelihood of significantly damaging the quick.
If your dog has dewclaws (smaller nails on the middle side of the paw), do not forget to trim them.
How can I make nail trims less stressful for my dog?
In most cases, the shortest way to a dog’s heart is through his stomach. Giving your dog treats during nail trims can help make the experience more pleasant for you and your dog. If your dogs have an aversion to clipping, you can also use a handheld file or grinder as they are more tolerant of nail grinding.
And if you still have trouble curling your dog’s nails, don’t hesitate to bring your dog to a vet for professional cuts and advice.