Trimming Fido’s Nails

Regular nail trims are an essential part of your canine companion’s grooming routine. After all, when nails grow too long and sharp, they may get caught in carpets or fracture painfully. Below, your Greenville, SC veterinarian tells you how to successfully clip your dog’s nails.

What You’ll Need

Gather your supplies before beginning. You’ll need a set of canine-specific nail trimmers—never use clippers designed for humans or another type of animal—as well as a styptic powder or pen to staunch bleeding. Also keep a few dog treats on hand.

Clip the Tips

Choose a time when your dog is calm, and sit down with them in a quiet, well-lit area. Gently extend the first claw, and snip the tip with the clippers. Don’t clip too far down, or you’ll snip the blood vessel running into each nail and cause bleeding. If this does occur, use your styptic pen or powder until the bleeding stops.

Repeat and Reward

Go around to each nail until they’ve all been clipped successfully. Be sure to reward your dog after each paw is completed for a job well-done.

Want help trimming your dog’s nails? Contact your Animal Hospital in Greenville, SC for professional help.