Dog claws should be kept short so the claws don't hit the ground when walking. Trimming the claws should be performed every few weeks for optimal health.
The quick is the nerve and vein that runs through the nail. If claws are untrimmed for longer periods of time, the quick will extend longer through the claw. That means claws will need smaller trims every 1-2 weeks to help the quick recede.
Avoid cutting the quick when trimming your dog's claws, which can be very painful. If the quick is cut, use cornstarch or flour to stop the bleeding.
Scissor-type or plier-style trimmers are the best for trimming claws. These tools have a lower risk of damaging the claws. Remember to keep blades sharp for fast and safe grooming sessions.
Guillotine trimmers can be tricky to use. Due to threading the claw into the trimmers, eyesight is impaired making it easier to cut the quick. And if the blade is dull, it's easier to crush the tip of the claw. This can be very painful and can lead to infection.
Dremels are great tools for trimming your dog's claws. Using a fast-moving roller, they sand away the tip of the claw. But they take patience as your dog gets acclimated to the feel of the grinder. Caution should be used to prevent over-sanding and hitting the quick.
It can be difficult to see the quick if your dog has dark colored claws. Shining a bright light onto the claws can make it easier to see the quick.
Consistency is key to maintaining your dog’s foot health. Dedicate certain days of the month to trim your dog’s claw. Trimming claws can take some practice but it gets easier with each session.
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