Basic nail care is vital for your pet’s health and happiness. If only it wasn’t such a stressful task. Most dog owners have dreaded cutting their pooch’s nails at one time or another. Luckily, help is at hand. Whether you’re dealing with a frightened dog or you’re worrying about cutting your dog’s nails too short, this clever guide will teach you how to avoid the most common mistakes. Go on, get your Dremel out. Trimming your dog’s nails will be stress-free for the both of you.
1. Cut Your Dog’s Nails Regularly
Well-trimmed nails are essential to your dog’s health. Long nails may hamper its gait and posture, putting pressure on the nail bed and paw pad. Not-so-trim nails can crack, curl and become infected, causing pain and even serious injury. Not sure when to trim your dog’s nails? Listen out for your dog on a hard surface: if you can hear the nails clicking, it’s time to get the grinder out. Dogs that don’t regularly exercise on hard surfaces, such as older dogs, will need a trim more often, as their nails don’t wear down as much. Keep them nicely groomed and your dog will be one happy walker.
3. Choose the Right Moment for Cutting Your Dog’s Nails
It’s quite normal for both you and your pet to feel a little trepidation at the prospect of a nail grooming session. It may be that your dog doesn’t like having its nails cut, or it may have trouble sitting still. Timing the cutting experience wisely will help. If your pet is more contented after a long walk or very relaxed after a feed, those are the moments to seize. Make sure you have a few dog treats at the ready too, to reward him or her for a job well done.
5. Introduce the Electric Pet Nail Grinder
Allow your pet time to get to know the electric pet nail grinder at its own pace. Over the course of a few days, let the dog sniff and touch the tool. Turn the tool on a few times without trimming your dog’s nails, to familiarise your dog with the humming sounds and the vibrations it makes. Work towards touching your pet’s paws with the tool without it reacting in a startled manner. Don’t forget to offer lots of praise and treats with each step.
6. Have Some Styptic Powder to Hand
Despite your best efforts, there’s still a chance you might trim your pet’s nails a little too short, cutting below the quick. You’ll know this has happened when your dog yelps and the nail starts bleeding. Don’t worry too much – it happens to all dog owners at some point. The pain will subside quickly and won’t cause any lasting problems for your pet. Plus, the bleeding is easily remedied. Just cover the bleed with a pinch of styptic powder and apply moderate pressure until the bleeding stops. (Haven’t got any styptic powder? Cornflour will work as well.)
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