Teaching Dogs to Love Having Their Toenails Trimmed*

Sep 1, 2016 - Trimming a dog's toenails may seem like a simple task, but it isn't always easy
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To trim the dog toenail, it is best to use canine nail trimmers. Many people use human fingernail trimmers but they tend to crush the nail and hurt the dog, which causes the owner to have trouble trimming their dogs nails. The canine nail trimmers come in two fashions—a Guillotine type and a scissor type. The Guillotine type are very commonly used but because the nail can’t be visualized very well it often leads to too much being taken off in one cut, which then leads to bleeding. At Astoria Animal Hospital we use the scissor type and whittle the nail down gently and slowly. No matter what type of trimmer you use, it must be maintained in good repair and sharpened often.
Sep 15, 2016 - Trimming a dog's toenails may seem like a simple task, but it isn't always easy
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Trimming your dog's toenails does not have to be an ordeal, and once you learn how to do it safely and properly, you'll be able to keep your dog's nails groomed with ease. Mar 15, 2016 - Trimming a dog's toenails may seem like a simple task, but it isn't always easy
Photo provided by FlickrMay 15, 2016 - Trimming a dog's toenails may seem like a simple task, but it isn't always easy
Photo provided by FlickrApr 1, 2016 - Trimming a dog's toenails may seem like a simple task, but it isn't always easy
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A lot of people have trouble trimming their dog's toenails. The key to making this less of a chore for you is to make it a positive experience ...To get a good understanding of proper toenail trimming techniques, you must first understand basic dog toenail anatomy. Dogs have four toes, also called pads, each having a toenail. In many breeds there is also a fifth toe located on the inside of the leg. The toenail for the fifth toe is called the dew claw. Trimming a dog's toenails may seem like a simple task, but it isn't always easy. Many dogs are nervous and anxious when getting their nails trimmed, and improperly done, a badly cut nail could cause injuries or infections, as well as adding to the dog's stress. By learning how to trim your dog's nails correctly, however, you can save money on grooming and use trims as a chance to take better care of your pet.To Safely Trim Your Dog's NailsThere are several steps necessary for trimming your dog's claws in an easy, stress-free way…Trimming your dog's toenails does not have to be an ordeal, and once you learn how to do it safely and properly, you'll be able to keep your dog's nails groomed with ease.Dog paws are all fundamentally the same except for variations in shape and size. Their toenails, however, will grow at different rates depending upon activity levels and the type of surfaces they inhabit. Dogs who spend a lot of time roaming outdoors or on concrete, asphalt, or other abrasive surfaces will have some natural wearing and trimming of the nails. They may not require manual trimming as often. However, these circumstances may also contribute to dog nail sharpening. Even if there is no need for a trim, filing or buffing may be required to take away the sharp edges. Dog nails are very similar to human fingernails and toenails. Once the nails have grown out, the ends are dead and painless when trimmed. But trim too close and you will cut into the quick, which is the living tissue of the nail bed.Trimming a dog's toenails may seem like a simple task, but it isn't always easy. Many dogs are nervous and anxious when getting their nails trimmed, and improperly done, a badly cut nail could cause injuries or infections, as well as adding to the dog's stress. By learning how to trim your dog's nails correctly, however, you can save money on grooming and use trims as a chance to take better care of your pet.To Safely Trim Your Dog's NailsThere are several steps necessary for trimming your dog's claws in an easy, stress-free way…Trimming your dog's toenails does not have to be an ordeal, and once you learn how to do it safely and properly, you'll be able to keep your dog's nails groomed with ease.