Do you hear clicking when your dog walks across a hard floor? Fido’s nails may be too long. If it’s time to clip your dog’s nails, use these three easy steps from your Colorado Springs, CO veterinarian.
First, get everything you’ll need in one area. You’ll want a canine-specific pair of nail trimmers, a styptic powder or pen to staunch any bleeding, and a few tasty dog treats.
Snip the Tips
When you’re ready, sit down with your dog in a quiet, well-lit area. Tackle one paw to start—simply use the clippers to snip off the very tip of each nail. You’re only trying to blunt them, not clip them significantly. If you clip too far, you’ll cause bleeding; this is where your styptic powder or pen comes in handy.
Repeat and Reward
Work your way around to all of the paws over time, offering your dog a tasty treat after each paw is completed. This way, he’ll get used to the idea that nail trims aren’t all bad!
Do you need help clipping your dog’s nails? Want a professional to take care of it for you? Make an appointment at your Vets Colorado Springs, CO.