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TIPS CUTTING YOUR NAILS IN 7 STEPS

July 10, 2022

Whether you cut them yourself or have a barber, it is important to know how to cut the dog’s claws correctly. With the right tools, like the dog nail clipper, his favorite treats, and the nail trimming rules, you’ll have your friend’s pedicure mastered in no time.

Steps to cut your dog’s nails

  1. Start by lifting his paws to see how comfortable he is with the situation.
  2. Sit on the floor so you don’t twist his legs too much.
  3. Pick up a leg and look under the nail to see the meat.
  4. Place the nail clippers on the edge of the claw if you can’t see the meat.
  5. Hold the clipper at a 45-degree angle.
  6. Trim the tip of the nail first, nothing else. For. Examine it thoroughly before proceeding.
  7. Hold the paw and claw up to the light bulb and look at the center of the claw. Locate the flesh, which is a dark circle in the center of the nail.

Tools you will need to cut your dog’s nails

Caring for your dog’s paws and learning how to trim its hooves requires certain essential tools to ensure that the pedicure runs smoothly.

  • Treats (will make trimming her nails easier for both of you!)
  • Room with lots of natural light.
  • An old towel or blanket that smells like you (will keep the dog calm).
  • A small pair of scissors to trim the hair near the nail.
  • Nail clippers for dogs, of various types: small pliers, scissors, etc.
  • Reduced nail file for dogs, to sand down rough edges (optional).
  • Hemostatic powder, cornstarch, benzocaine, or baking soda to stop bleeding.

Types of nails of dogs

clear can nails
When you cut your dog’s nails, the first thing you should do is check where the inner meat of the nail ends. If your dog has light-colored nails, you’ll see the soft, pink tissue in the center: that’s the meat.
The flesh includes a blood bowl and sinew and is easier to see on lighter nails. Hold your dog’s paw up to the light. The meat is seen through the nail and looks like a kind of nail within the nail. You should avoid cutting the meat because it will bleed and cause the dog pain.

dark can nails
Learning to cut dark nails is different from cutting light ones. The first thing you will notice is that you will not see the blood bowl and the nerves that make up the flesh inside the nail.

To see the meat inside the nail, carefully lift the leg up and look straight at the center of the uncut nail. If the nail has a small dark circle in the center, that indicates the removal of the meat. Do not cut off any claws that have a circle in the center, as this will cut through the meat.

If you don’t see the center circle, scale the smaller edge of the claw to 45 degrees. Check again for an exposed center circle. When you see the dark circle in the middle of the claw you know you’ve conditioned enough. Do not cut the meat because it will bleed and cause pain to the dog.

What to do if you cut the meat

If you cut the claw too short and it starts to bleed, apply pressure to the tip to stop the bleeding or dip the claw in the cornstarch or hemostatic powder. If the nail bleeds, keep the dog still and calm so the nail doesn’t get further damaged or injured by walking or running. you will only need a good handful of goodies!

If you want to know more tips for the care of your pet, find out about how to bathe your dog in this article