Animal Friends Blog
We’ve all been caught by our pet’s sharp nails at some point, and it hurts. We might want to get angry about it, but their claws have a purpose and it’s our responsibility to make sure they’re healthy.
It’s important they’re the right length, not too short and not too long, because if they’re not cared for this can cause a lot of problems and pain for your pet. Not good.
Dog nail care tips
- Before starting to trim your dog’s nails you want to create a calming environment. If they haven’t been walked that day, they will have a lot of energy stored so it’s ideal to think about cutting your dog’s nails an hour or two following a walk.
- You’ll want to make sure that everything you need is within your reach, so not to disturb your dog once you’ve started.
- We know how fantastic peanut butter is to keep our pets occupied, so why not fill a toy and provide it as a distraction? They’ll appreciate the treat while they’re receiving a pedicure.
- Invest in a plier-style clipper instead of buying a guillotine clipper, as these crush the toe which is painful.
- Use lots of praise and treats when introducing your dog to the clippers.
- Make sure you start clipping in a well-lit room or outside during the day.
- Avoid clipping the “quick”. This is the soft part of the nail, and if cut your dog will experience some pain. If you accidentally cut the quick, provide lots of treats, they’ll be okay.
- Always cut at a 45-degree angle and only cut a small bit of nail at a time.
Cat nail care tips
- If you’ve never cut your cat’s nails before you will want to build up to it, day by day. This means getting them used to you touching their paws, pads, nails etc. Reward them for good behaviour.
- Once you think your cat is ready you will want to choose a time when you and your cat are relaxed, maybe after a meal or while they’re on your lap.
- Keep your trimming equipment close in case the perfect nail-cutting moment presents itself so that you don’t disturb your cat.
- Plier-style clippers are better than the guillotine clipper as they do not apply pressure on your cat’s toe.
- You’ll want to gently squeeze their paw to expose their nail and trim your cat’s claw quickly but carefully.
- Avoid cutting your cat’s “quick”, which is the soft part of their nails. If you do accidentally cut too high it will cause pain and some bleeding. Try to reassure your cat with treats.
- If your cat seems distressed stop trimming at once and try again another day.
Sometimes we won’t need to trim our dog or cat’s nails as they’re naturally worn down while they’re out and about. If you have an older pet who doesn’t go outside as often as they used to then they will probably need your help keeping their nails healthy.
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