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Dog clipping

Dogs do not scratch the wallpaper and furniture, like cats, and do not hunt the owner’s foot under the covers. Does this mean that they do not have to cut their claws? Let’s figure it out together!

Do dogs need to cut their nails?
Dog claws grow rapidly throughout their lives and need care no less than cat claws.

In the wild, the closest genetic relatives of the dogs take care of their paws themselves. Every day they travel great distances, and their claws come down on a hard surface in a natural way. But with pets, the situation is different.

On a walk, in contact with asphalt, the claws also slightly grind. But for them to grind sufficiently, it would take a long time to walk on asphalt. However, it is much more pleasant to walk with a dog in special areas and in parks where the surface is soft. Miniature pets walk in their arms. Therefore, grinding does not occur naturally.

If the dog’s claws are not shortened, they will grow and grow into the skin, causing inflammation. Strongly grown claws interfere with walking and deform the paw. This is a fairly common problem, because of which dogs are disqualified at specialized exhibitions.

Do dogs need to cut their nails?
How often to cut the claws of a dog?
In some dogs, the nails grow faster, in others – slower. How to understand when it is time to shorten them? A “bell” is the characteristic clawing of claws on a hard surface. If you heard him, it’s time to cut your claws.

On average, the dog’s nails are trimmed once every 2 weeks.

How to cut the claws of a dog?
Now we know that the dog must cut its nails. But how to carry out the procedure yourself? We offer a step by step guide. Let’s start with the preparation:

We get a special tool for cutting claws: scissors or a guillotine. It is recommended to cut thin and small claws with scissors. For dogs of large breeds, guillotines are better suited. Many companies, such as Show Tech and Oster, produce tools of various sizes according to the size of the pet.

Just in case, keep Bio-Groom Sure Clot hemostatic powder with you.

Stock up on goodies to encourage your pet.

We proceed to the procedure.

We fix the pet. To do this, it is better to enlist the reliable support of a friend or family member.

If necessary, we put a muzzle on the dog.

We start with the hind legs: the claws on them are less sensitive.

Carefully take the paw in the palm of your hand, slightly push the dog’s finger.

We cut the claw without touching the blood vessels.

Blood vessels may not be visible. This often happens if the nails are thick or dark in color. In such cases, shorten the claw little by little before pink or gray living tissue appears on the cut. Another way is to shine a light on a claw, this will help to see the border of blood vessels.

The cut is slightly trimmed with a file.

Having processed the paw, we praise the dog and treat it to a treat. She deserved it!

How often to cut the claws of a dog?
Tools Overview
Scissors. You cannot use nail clippers for pets, otherwise the claws will begin to break and peel. However, the zoo industry has its own analogue of our scissors – a compact nail clipper, which is very convenient to use for shortening the claws of kittens, puppies and small animals. Such scissors allow you to carry out the procedure easily and gently.
Claw Scissors
Nippers, or, as they are also called, large claw cutters (for example, Comfort Large Show Tech). This is a classic claw trimming tool for adult cats and dogs, including large breeds. It is better to choose a claw cutter with a stop for a safe procedure and with a handle made of non-slip silicone for greater convenience. The sharp cutting surface made of high-quality steel makes the procedure comfortable and painless for the pet.
Show Tech Nail Clippers
Nail-guillotine. This tool works on a different principle than scissors and wire cutters. During the procedure, the claw is placed in a special holding hole, then the groomer presses the handles and the tip of the claw is cut off with a blade. The result is a fast, even and neat cut. But the tool also has its drawback: because of the retaining hole, it cannot be quickly removed from the claw, and this increases the risk of injury. Therefore, it is recommended to use the guillotine for calm, accustomed to grooming pets.
Guillotine Show Tech
Grinder. This is the safest tool for shortening claws, an ideal solution for those who are afraid of injuring a pet. This is something like an electric file, like those used for hardware manicure in beauty salons. It is more convenient to use wireless compact grinders with different speeds and a set of nozzles (for example, Nail Grinder 4 has interchangeable polishing heads). This will allow you to customize the instrument for a specific pet. Grinder is suitable for all pets: dogs, cats, ferrets, rodents and birds.

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