5 Tools and Tips for The Best Pet Nail Care

December 15, 2015

5 Tools and Tips for The Best Pet Nail Care

Pet nail care is an area often neglected by owners but it should be undertaken quite often as part of the animal’s routine care. The pet’s nails should be trimmed at least once a month and on an even more regular basis for some pets.

Understandably, some pet owners are cautious about DIY nail care for fear of causing harm to the animal. However, with the right tools and a little precaution, it can be an easy, simple process. Here are some helpful tips to trim your pet’s nails safely.

Choosing the right clipper

The first step of the process is finding the right nail clipper that is both easy to handle and won’t scare the dog away.

The DakPets professional nail clipper is built with a design that is specially recommended by veterinarians, animal trainers, and professional groomers.

This nail clipper features a quick sensor safety guard, made to reduce the risk of injury to pets by preventing over-cutting of the nail which can cause bleeding.

In addition, the large ergonomic non-slip handle provides a comfortable grip for fast, effortless nail cutting. The high quality 3.5mm thick stainless steel blade will stay sharp for many years, and the blades also lock in place for safe and convenient storage.


Gently prepare the pet for grooming

If this is your first time cutting your pet’s nails, you had better get it right or else you may never get a chance to touch her paw again.

Start by doing everything you can to make it a positive experience for the animal and ensure that she is comfortable. Before you jump right into nail cutting, stroke and play with her paws for a few days so that the hand to paw experience becomes familiar to the pet.

But don’t bring out the clippers just yet. This part of the process is about reassuring the animal that you touching her paws are totally okay and that nothing bad is going to happen.


Slowly introduce the clipper

When you finally unveil the clipper, don’t just start hacking at the pet’s nails right away. Get her acquainted with the sound by opening and shutting the clipper a few times. As the dog relaxes, try to cut one nail to see the reaction. If the dog is agitated, stop.

It may be that you have caused some damage by cutting too deep, or the animal is just fearful of the big bad clipper. However, if it acts like it’s no big deal, you can continue cutting the nails.



Make sure you’re doing it right

With pet nail trimming, it’s very easy for things to go wrong very fast. However, it can also be a very simple process if done right.

Step 1: Spread the animal’s feet and gently, but firmly grab its toe.

Step 2: Firmly grasp your DakPets ergonomic clipper and insert a small length of nail through the trimmer opening and cut.

Step 3: Continue to cut away a small bit of nail until you notice the beginning of a nail colored circle. This area indicates that you are close to the ‘quick’ where the veins are located. Continuing to cut will result in bleeding of the nail and cause much discomfort for the animal.

Step 4: Move on the next nail and repeat the process until all are done.During trimming, try to maintain the curvature of the nail and be careful not to trim at a blunt angle. When you have completed all the nails, file away any rough edges with an emery board.


Nail care for fearful dogs

For some pets, any kind of grooming is a stressful process that they desperately want to avoid. They might display signs of fear or even aggressive behaviors when you try to trim their nails.

In addition to running away or refusing to come when called, some signs of distress include panting, trembling and tucking away the tail,or even growling or biting.

If you’re not its first owner, the dog may already have had a horrible experience in the past which may mean it’s highly unlikely you’ll ever be allowed anywhere near her nails.

If this is the case, then you might be better off taking the pet to a professional groomer. However, if you have a lot of patience to spare, you can work with your dog over time to get her to trust you with all grooming needs including nail care.

Research: ASPCA - Dog Care, For Dummies






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