Here’s a Treat: Tricks for Trimming Your Pet’s Nails

If you’ve ever owned a pet in your lifetime, you likely know the struggle of trimming your pet’s nails. From getting them to sit still to making sure you don’t clip too far, the trimming process is anything but easy. Dogwood Veterinary Hospital & Pet Resort is here to help with a few insightful tips to aid you in easing the nail trimming process.

How Do I Know it’s Time?

There are many physical signs that your pet is overdue for a nail trimming. Some of these signals include your pet paws getting stuck in the carpet, scraped hardwood floors, and even them scratching you. If you don’t notice any of these scenarios, still give your pet’s feet a look. For dogs, the general rule is that if their nails are long enough to touch the ground, it’s time for them to be cut. For cats, if they look like they are wielding miniature razors on their paws, then it’s time to cut their nails.

Prepping Your Pet for Trimming

The first step before trimming your pet’s nails is to make sure that the fur on their paws is tidy. If their fur is invasive in comparison to their nails, it’s necessary to trim their fur, so that it doesn’t get in the way during the trimming process.

The next step is to understand and be mindful of  “the quick.” In cats and dogs, the quick is a vein that has a pinkish color. Many pet owners hesitate when it comes to cutting their pet’s nails because they are afraid they will snip the quick and cause their pet to bleed.

Lastly, before you cut your pet’s nails, make sure that both you and your pet are in comfortable and appropriate locations. Don’t hold your pet in a way that will cause them discomfort or pain, but also make sure that you’re positioned at a proper angle to cut their nails.

What Tools to Use

There are two different styles of nail clippers that veterinarians recommend for nail trimming: Guillotine and Scissor clippers.

Guillotine Clippers

As the name suggests, this style of trimmer serves as a guillotine. By angling these trimmers up, you can easily track the quick and execute an effective clip. Most guillotine clippers have a protective sheet parallel to the clippers, which assures that you aren’t cutting too far.

Scissor Clippers

These nail trimmers perform like a pair of scissors and are more effective for pets with larger, thicker nails. When using these, you line up where you want to clip, and perform the cut.

Some pets are hypersensitive to nail trimmers and may require a nail grinder. Nail grinders are electric clippers that slowly hone down your pet’s nails. Most grinders come with multiple sizing options to accommodate the varying sizes of nails. This option is more expensive than traditional clippers, but it is easier for pets with foot sensitivity or anxiety.

Count on Dogwood to Trim Your Pet’s Nails

If you’re having trouble getting in the routine of cutting your pet’s nails, then consider bringing them in every month or two to get their nails trimmed by a professional. It’s cheap, fast, and incredibly beneficial to your pet’s health. Dogwood Veterinary Hospital & Pet Resort is here to answer any questions you may have about nail trimming. Call us at 919.942.6330 for any questions about nail trimming, or if you are interested in scheduling a vet visit for your pet.


By |2019-11-08T10:14:57-05:00October 18th, 2019|Healthy Habits|