Nobody likes to cut their dog’s nails. Nobody. But when they get long, they get unhealthy and bad for your dog. So suck it up, here’s how to trim dog nails that are overgrown.
Dog nails are different than humans in a number of ways. The most important is that dog nails contain a quick. The quick is a nerve and vein that runs through the nail.
If you cut a dog’s nail that includes the quick, it will be painful for your dog and it will ooze blood.
So our goal in trimming overgrown dog nails is to do it without cutting the quick.
Nothing will make your job more difficult then bad clippers. You can go for a simple pair of clippers like these Safari Professional Nail Trimmers for usually less than 10 bucks:
If you want to get a little more high tech you have a couple of options. The most popular and most effective is using a power grinder. Dremel makes one that is probably the best and most popular. It actually comes in a kit with the right attachments that you can get here on Chewy. It’s cordless and rechargeable which is handy.
The tricky part is that the longer you go without cutting your dog’s claws, the further the quick pushes toward the end of the nail.
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This means the longer you go without trimming, the harder it will be to cut your dog’s nails without cutting the quick.
In addition, overgrown nails are bad for dogs. They can effect how a dog stands and can eventually get ingrown.
It can be bad, but don’t beat yourself up. You are not alone.
You don’t like to cut your dog’s nails because your dog doesn’t like it either.
Most dogs don’t like their nails being trimmed, and this makes the process difficult both for you and your dog.
There’s nothing worse than wrestling your dog with a pair of clippers in your hand.
The key comes in two parts. First, try to relax your dog as much as possible.
Second, break it down into small trimming sessions over time to Avoid nicking the quick and allowing the quick to recede.
Let’s get to the first part, relaxing your dog.
For future reference, you can train your puppy to get used to the sound of clippers and get your puppy used to having his feet handled.
You can also do that with an adult dog, but the earlier you start, the easier it is. Here are the 5 tips:
Now that we have some tips to make the trimming easier, let’s cover the overgrown nails.
As I mentioned earlier, you can’t go in and just start clipping away if your dog’s nails are overgrown.
This is especially true if your dog doesn’t get out on hard surfaces outside much. Walking on pavement will naturally wear down a dog’s nails and provide some natural regulation.
If your dog doesn’t get out of the house or yard much, the nails will keep growing and the quick will keep filling up the nail.
Before you start make sure you can see the quick. Trim, but not to the quick.
The plan is going to be to trim little by little over the next few weeks. Be sure to wait in between clippings to give the nail time to grow and the quick to recede.
If possible, try to get your dog outside to encourage the natural wear on the nail.
Using these tips on how to trim dog nails that are overgrown, you can get your dog’s paws back on track. The challenge then will be to keep on top of it.
But I know you can, right? Especially after going through all that!
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