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PostSubject: **Trimming toenails   Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:17 am

If you've never used dog nail clippers before, they can seem a bit intimidating, so just imagine how your dog feels! Always test the clippers first to ensure the blades are in proper working order. Regardless of the clipper style, use a firm grip on the clippers and use your fingers to separate the dog's toes and make the whole process easier.

One great tip to make clipping your dog's nails easier is to get him used to the nail clippers before actually clipping anything. Do this by holding the clippers near his feet and nails. Praise and treat the dog. Keep doing this about 10-15 times before you stop. On another day, do the same process except this time squeeze the clippers so they make a sound. Continue praising and treating for about 15 times before ending the session. Now, when it's time to clip the dog's nails, they will be used to the clipper and the sound it makes.

It's important that you get yourself a good trimmer. A sturdy trimmer that is easy to learn with and become adjusted to. Once you're comfortable with the trimmer, place the main part of the tool in the palm of your hand while controlling the moveable part with your fingers. You should be able to see the small cutting blade that slides when you squeeze the handle.

The nail should be cut from underneath, not from the top downward in the way human nails are trimmed. Slide the opening over the end of the nail while staying in the whitish part of the nail. The pink area of the nail is the live part and has blood vessels throughout – called the quick.

To cut the nail, be decisive and make a smooth, quick squeeze on the handle while holding the trimmer steady. Make sure you do not clip the live pink part of the nail. And don't try to "pop" the end of the nail off; it will fall away on its own.

You can file the edges or just let the dog wear the nail smooth. Some people will cut the nail back until there is a slight amount of bleeding in an attempt to shorten the nail back further. Not a bad idea to keep some clotting powder on hand in case you do accidentally cut too short.

What To Do If You Cut Too Short!!

Place a tiny piece of tissue paper tightly against the end of the nail and hold it for a few minutes. Better yet, have some clotting powder available and put a small amount up against the bleeding end of the nail. Or simply cup your hand, pour the solution or powder into the hollow, and dip your dog's bleeding nail into the powder. This should work right away. Or ... do nothing. The bleeding will stop in about 5 to 7 minutes. Any more than that, give your veterinarian a call.
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