Monday, February 10, 2014

Dog's Toe Nail Care

Sometime's it can be hard to tell when your dog's nails need to be trimmed. The easiest way to know,( if you have hardwood or tiled floors) is that you will hear a clicking sound when they walk. Most groom shops do nails for a small fee, without  needing an appointment.

If you are wanting to try this at home. Here are a few steps.

1. If your dog has white nails you will be able to see where the quick ends. You don't not want to cut above that quick line. (if you do, this will cause the nail to bleed)

2. If your dog has black nails it is a little trickier. You will want to bend your dogs foot so that the pads are facing up on the back side of the leg. Black nails take 2 -3 clips. One on each side of the nail then if needed in the center. There will be a little black circle you need to watch for, once your have trimmed the sides.. That circle is the quick.

3. If you have a dremel or nail file you can file the rough edges.

If you are nervous about doing this, then please leave it to a professional. We would hate to see your dogs get hurt.

Now, lets talk about the quick. If you go for a long time with out having your dogs nails done. Just know that you are letting the quick grow out. Groomers will not be able to trim them back really short, because of the quick. We can however, work the quick back by trimming the nails on a monthly basis.

Also, if a dogs nails grow too long, it can hurt them. This may also lead to them not being able to walk correctly. These are a few things to look out for.