5 steps to trim your dog’s nails

If so, then you should make a point to start trimming dog nails at home… yourself… right now.
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Gather all the necessary equipment below, making sure that you have all the tools that you will need to trim your dog’s nails on hand before you start – this includes first aid supplies, just in case…
Some lucky dogs (and even some breeds) seldom, if ever, need their nails trimmed.
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But when it comes to clipping a dog’s nails, many people admit they’re terrified. They worry about causing discomfort, or worse – making their beloved pet bleed. Well, have no fear! Here’s a step-by-step procedure that will help condition you and your dog so nail trimming is as easy as or walking. How often will I have to trim my dog’s nails?
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Trimming dog nails is the responsibility of every pet's owner. Left untrimmed, the nails can become dangerously overgrown, and this can cause damage to your furnishings as well as your dog's feet. Trimming overgrown dog nails requires special attention. If you are not careful, you might trim too much off at once, causing the nail to bleed. When you don't trim your dog's nails as needed, the nail and the quick, or vein inside the nail, keep growing. The goal when grooming overgrown dog nails is to trim the nail back little by little over the course of a few weeks, so the quick will eventually recede to a normal length. You can choose to have your vet or pet groomer perform this task for you, or you can trim your own dog's nails. Learn how on the following pages. There is a small, flat guide you can position over the opening between the blades to limit how far you can trim the nail. This is especially useful with nervous dogs or dogs with dark nails. Find the quick of your dog's nail before trimming it. Look carefully at the nail to identify the pink area in the center of the nail. That is the quick. You want to trim above this to avoid bleeding. If your dog has black nails and you can't see the quick, just trim off the tip. Continue clipping each of your dog's nails until you have trimmed them all. Don't forget the dewclaws if your dog has them. These are the nails typically located a little higher on the inside of your dog's pasterns (ankles). Trim overgrown dog nails little by little. If you attempt to trim too much nail off at one time, it will be painful because overgrown nails are thicker and require more pressure to clip. Trim tiny bits off the tip of your dog's nail. When you see a dark, round, slightly moist disk in the middle of the nail, stop trimming because you have reached the quick. The one drawback of nails trimmed with scissors or guillotine style trimmers is that they can be rather sharp right after trimming. You'll definitely notice this if your dog paws at your hands or legs.