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3 Tips for Making it Easier to Trim Your Dog's Nails

August 5th, 2013 Pets

Over time, your dog's nails might become long and scratch everything from your furniture to your flooring. This is a sign that they need to be cut, but what if you've never done so before? It can be nerve-racking for both you and your pet to get the job done. Furthermore, nail cutting can be painful for your pet if you don't know where to begin and end. Here are some tips for trimming your dog's nails and keeping him or her happy throughout the process.

1. Use a guillotineĀ cutter There are two different types of nail cutters available for dogs - guillotine and scissors. To make the process easier, you might want to consider the guillotine type for a clean cut. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals claims that there's also a specific hole that you can use to place your dog's nails through, which gives you a beneficial guideline.

2. Associate cutting with positive feelings If your dog is afraid of getting his or her nails cut, you might want to ease your pet into it with toys and treats. Showing your dog that this isn't necessarily a negative process can make it simpler and reduce anxiety when the time comes to start trimming.

3. Look for blood vessels Dogs have blood vessels in their nails, and accidentally cutting them can cause immense pain, according to Washington State University. Look for the pink in your dog's nails before you start trimming so you know which areas to avoid. Cut a little bit at a time, stopping in between to see if you can identify any redness or pinkness at the tips of the nails. These are signs that the job is done - no more cutting!