• August 6, 2019

How to Clip Your Dog’s Nails

How to Clip Your Dog’s Nails

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Some dogs make it easy for you to trim their nails yourself, but others hate it. The first step before you start preparing to clip your dog’s nails is to assess if it’s a safe choice. If your dog is fearful of the process or refuses to stay still, then it may be a better bet to trust a professional to handle it instead. Groomers and veterinarians should be equipped with not only the right equipment, but also years of experience making the process quick, comfortable, and safe for their clients.


Regular exercise helps to wear down your dog’s nails, requiring you to trim them less frequently. If you can hear your dog’s nails tapping against the floor when they walk, then it’s definitely time for a trim. If you suspect your dog’s nails have gotten too long, try taking a closer look. Your dog’s nails shouldn’t touch the floor when they’re standing, nor should they stick out beyond the pad. Acceptable nail lengths can vary slightly from breed to breed, so it’s advisable to consult your vet for guidance until you’re fully comfortable with the process.


There are a few options for trimming your dog’s nails, including using nail clippers, hand files, or dremels. Nail clippers come in several varieties with benefits that suit different breeds. Nail pliers are often used for large dogs with thick nails, whereas guillotine clippers are better designed for toy breeds. If you’re weary of using nail clippers, instead consider a hand file or dremel. When using dremels it’s important to only pass over each nail a few times to avoid generating too much heat on your dog’s nails. In addition to the tool you’re using for trimming, we recommend shining a bright light over the nails if it’s difficult to see the quick, and keep a styptic pencil on hand in case of accidental bleeding.


Light coloured nails allow you to see the quick, but it’s much more difficult to trim dark nails. As mentioned, it’s always a good idea to keep a styptic pencil on hand in case of accidents. Better yet, be cautious with dark nails by trimming only a bit of length at a time. If you’re finding it difficult to keep your dog still and comfortable, consider distracting them with a toy or treat. A bit of peanut butter goes a long way when it comes to taking your dog’s mind off the process. Just be sure it doesn’t contain Xylitol, a food additive that dogs should never eat.

How you feel about trimming your dog’s nails? Are you comfortable doing it at home, or do you prefer to put the task in the hands of a professional? Regardless, we hope that now you’re a little better equipped to make the choice that feels comfortable to you. At the end of the day, some dogs hate having their nails trimmed and others settle right in, so it just takes time and patience to get used to it. Taking the time to educate yourself on the process and research the most suitable tools will make the experience better for both yourself and your dog. If you need help getting your dog comfortable with situations such as getting their nails clipped, feel free to reach out to our team of canine experts for assistance.

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