How To Clip Dog Nails Easily At Home?

Just like humans, dogs also require special care. And sometimes special care helps a lot to maintain hygiene. Such as trimming a dog’s nails is more than a beauty treatment. Dog grooming includes trimming nails, which indicates your dog is healthy and clean. Even though it may sound fancy, trimming your dog’s nails is more than just a beauty treatment. 

If you are nervous about trimming your dog’s nails, a professional groomer will manage the task for you. But since a growing nail can cause severe discomfort and negatively affect your dog’s well-being, you should know how to trim dog nails and perform this act regularly. So here’s a guide to cutting your dog’s nails at home safely. With our step-by-step process, trimming dog nails will be easy for you.

Why Is It Necessary To Trim A Dog’s Nails?

Dogs need their nails trimmed regularly to stay healthy and happy. Without regular nail trimming, your dog’s nails can grow too long, which can be problematic. In addition, if your dog’s weight frequently shifts because of overgrown nails, it might develop spine problems and poor posture. Even if the nails are so long that they touch the ground, too-long nails can cause difficulty walking, lameness, or serious injury. In addition, too-long nails can restrict your dog’s movement, so it is important to take care of their nails. 

When Should You Trim Your Dog’s Nails?

Dogs who are used to walking on soft ground may have a more challenging time controlling the length of their nails than dogs who walk on hard ground. Additionally, this isn’t the only factor involved. It is influenced by a variety of factors, such as genetic factors, dog breeds, feeding habits, how active your dog is, and more. To keep your dog’s nails at the ideal length, we recommend clipping their nails every two weeks. 

When Should You Trim Your Dog's Nails

Additionally, the more you trim their overgrown nails, the more the blood vessels will retreat. Trimming a dog’s nails regularly is, therefore, a necessity.

Nail Trimming Tools For Your Dog 

You don’t need a full toolbox if you want to give your dog a pedicure. However, these handy tools will help you trim your dog’s nails perfectly. 

Nail Clipper

Your dog’s nails can be trimmed using a variety of tools. However, most veterinary professionals prefer plier-style or scissor nail clippers. These are especially useful for dogs with thick, difficult nails. Small and large dogs can both benefit from scissor-style or plier-style nail clippers. If you have a miniature dog, you might find it easier to get nail clippers made for cats or small dogs.

Nail Trimming Tools For Your Dog 

Use Treats

You can use tasty treats to make your dog more comfortable during nail trimmings.

Styptic Powder

It’s smart to keep a good styptic powder on hand for those times when you accidentally cut their fingernail too short. Likewise, you can care for your dog’s toe by using styptic powder to stop the bleeding.

Trimming Dog Nails With A Clipper

Use your dominant hand to hold the tool. Then put your other hand firmly over the pup’s paw, pressing your thumb against the footpad and your fingers against the nail bed. When trimming your dog’s nails, start at the very tip. At first, trim only about 1 to 2 millimeters, then gradually move towards the quick. When you cut your dog’s nails, look at the cross-section. Stop cutting when you see tan-colored ovals as you’re approaching the quick.

Trimming Dog Nails With a Clipper

Trimming Dog Nails With A Grinder 

Your dog’s nails should be ground using a safe tool. Don’t grind the entire nail at one time; grind simply a small portion. Grease across the nail’s bottom, then smooth over the rough edges from the tip in. Lift the grinder higher to improve control. Be mindful of your dogs’ sensitivities. It is important not to catch your dog’s hair on the grinding tool if they have long hair. And once you start seeing that tan oval, stop.

Trimming Dog Nails With a Grinder 

Final Tips

It may take some time for your dog to become comfortable with trimming their nails if they are not used to it. So offer plenty of praise and training treats to your dog. Be extremely patient and go slowly. You should never rush through trimming. Take a break if your dog starts yawning or you see other signs of stress. It is not necessary to clean all four paws simultaneously. After praising your pup, reward yourself as well.

Final Thoughts

Your dog’s nails can carry germs and cause diseases. Moreover, they also look decent with trimmed nails. So, clip your dog’s nails regularly by following the tips and tricks discussed above. 

Murphy Bernier

Murphy Bernier

Murphy Bernier is a New-York based freelance writer, professional blogger and certified dog trainer. She networks shelter pets to help them find homes and volunteers for rescue groups as she is passionate about dog rescue and adoption. From a very early age, she developed extensive animal handling skills from her dad, and that’s where her love for animals started.

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