Tips for Trimming Your Dog’s Nails

Dog Nail Trimming

One of the most common questions dog owners have for professional dog groomers is how frequently they should trim their dog’s nails, and SPAWS Professional Dog Grooming & Boutique in Milton, Ontario, suggests trimming your dog’s nails every four to six weeks and suggests the following tips if this is something you want to try at home.

Dog nails are different than human nails. There is a vein inside the nail called the quick. The longer nails are left untrimmed, the longer the quick grows. The next time you cut the nails, you are only able to cut to the quick, which might be very long. If you keep on top of them, the quick doesn’t have a chance to grow too much and the nail will stay nice and short.  

Dog nails need to be trimmed just like our nails but how frequently you have to cut them depends on how fast your dog’s nails grow. SPAWS suggests marking the day you trim the nails on your calendar. Then, when you hear the clicking sound of the nails on your floors, it’s time to trim them again. By marking it on the calendar, you see how often you need to get the nails trimmed.

SPAWS also suggests playing with your dog’s nails and paws every chance you get and praising them while you do it. By doing this, your dog will get used to someone touching their paws, which can help with nail trimming.

If you are trimming your dog’s nails at home, buy a product containing styptic powder at a pet store. If you do cut the quick by accident, dabbing this powder on the tip of the nail stops the bleeding immediately. As well, put your dog on a table instead of your lap because you have more control of the dog on the table.

If you’re not comfortable trimming your dog’s nails at home, call your local groomer or vet and they will be happy to do them. Make an appointment at SPAWS Professional Dog Grooming & Boutique at 353 Main Street East in Milton, Ontario, and we will even polish your dog’s nails with the trim! Call us today at 905-864-6360.

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