Loading...

How to Trim Your Dog's Nails

607,473 views

Loading...

Loading...

Transcript

The interactive transcript could not be loaded.

Loading...

Loading...

Rating is available when the video has been rented.
This feature is not available right now. Please try again later.
Uploaded on Feb 29, 2008

YUMMM Fried Apple Pie Tacos - Learn how to make them here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0qXj...

Top Rated Products for any Dog Owner:
FURminator deShedding Tool for Dogs: http://amzn.to/1JBydfH
Bil-Jac Little Jacs Liver Training Treats: http://amzn.to/1UrI76w
Earthbath All Natural Grooming Wipes: http://amzn.to/1JykFiY
Premier Gentle Leader Head Dog Collar: http://amzn.to/1FjRGxo
Earth Rated® Green Dispenser with Dog Waste Poop Bags: http://amzn.to/1KI1IyE


Watch more Dog Care & Grooming 101 videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/163-How...

Pedicures aren't just for pampered pooches—your dog is descended from wolves, but her nails don't have the chance to wear down as they would in the wild. A regular clipping every three or four weeks will save her from painful ingrown nails and sore paws.

Step 1: Check dog's nails
Check to see if your dog's nails need clipping. You shouldn't hear her nails clicking against a hard floor when she walks. If there's clicking, it's time for a clipping.

Step 2: Position yourself
Your dog probably won't enjoy this procedure, so she's likely to require some form of restraint. Hold her in your lap, or spread a towel on a sturdy table or counter and place the dog on top. Stand on the side of the table opposite the nails you'll be trimming and lean over her, so you can hold her down with your body, if necessary.

Tip
If your dog is large or very wriggly, it may help to have a second person hold her while you do the clipping.

Step 3: Clip nail
Holding one paw gently but firmly, clip the tip of the nail. Clip from underneath, holding the clippers at a slight angle in keeping with the curve of the nail.

Step 4: Clip carefully
Be careful to avoid the blood vessels and nerves that run through a dog's nail, called the quick. If you cut into the quick, it will cause pain and bleeding.

Tip
If your dog's nail is white, you can see the pinkish quick, so it's easy to avoid. If your dog has black nails, snip a little bit at a time until, when looking at the nail in cross-section, you can see a darker dot in the middle.

Step 5: Stop bleeding
If you cut into the quick, place a tissue over the nail and apply pressure until it stops bleeding—or try dipping the nail into styptic powder or cornstarch. It's unlikely that the bleeding will continue for longer than 5 to 7 minutes, but if it does, or if the blood is spurting, call your vet.

Step 6: Trim dewclaws
Don't forget to trim the dewclaws, located slightly behind the paw on the inner part of the leg. Some breeds have more than one pair on their hind legs.

Step 7: Use emery board
If your dog still has some patience left, it's a good idea to use an emery board to lightly file the nails smooth.

Step 8: Praise your dog
Praise your dog lavishly before you let her go. That way she'll come to associate these beauty treatments with extra attention from her owner!

Did You Know?
Many companies now sell doggie nail polish—it's safe for pet nails, requires only one coat, and dries quickly to keep squirmy dogs from smearing it on the furniture.

Loading...


to add this to Watch Later

Add to

Loading playlists...