Nail clipping can be daunting sometimes, especially if you have a dog with black nails. We’re here to help with some tips and tricks to clipping a dog's nails and how to stop bleeding if you do accidentally cause them to bleed.
There are a number of nail clippers on the market. They can range in size for large versus small dogs. There are also handheld and automated trimmers called a dremel. Selection is usually based on what is most comfortable for you to use and also what your dog is most comfortable with. Check out The Spruce Pets for a list of the best nail clippers in 2021.
The majority of dogs do not enjoy getting their nails trimmed. It can be a scary experience for them, causing them to fidget, move, vocalize and sometimes even react aggressively. This is why it is important to desensitize them to the clippers even before you begin clipping.
Using positive reinforcement like a treat or toy, begin by letting your dog see and sniff the clippers. If they do not react or react positively, reward them. Then move on to simply touching the clippers to your dog’s feet and nails. Follow up with a treat, toy or praise to create a positive experience for the dog. Eventually your dog will begin to associate the clippers with a reward and view them in a positive light. This helps to reduce stress and fear during nail trims.
Many owners are nervous when it comes to trimming, especially if their dog’s nails are too dark to see the quick or vein in the nail. Here are some pro tips to follow for nail trims:
Don’t panic, it happens to all of us and your dog will forgive you. If you happen to clip a little to far, there are a few options to stop the bleeding:
This answer may vary from dog to dog. There are many different factors that contribute to the rate of nail growth and wear, such as nutrition, activity and age. Typically, dog’s need their nails trimmed every 3-4 weeks.
What our dog eats impacts so many different areas of their well being and even extends to the health of their nails. Feeding your dog a healthy diet full of omega 3’s and vitamins can go a long way in strengthening their nails and as a result, making them easier for you to trim.
For better nail health look for a high quality dog food that has both supplemented fish oil and biotin. These ingredients work together to help strengthen your dog’s nails and keep them healthy!