Dog nail clippers and nail files are a very important part of grooming your pet. Nail grooming is essential to the health of your pet. Take some time to learn the important aspects pet nail health and then make it a part of you and your pets routine.
Using dog nail clippers and a file to keep its nails healthy is important in order to avoid splitting or snagging. Make sure you have the needed nail grooming supplies. You will need dog nail clippers, a pet nail file and of course treats! The dog nail clippers involve working with a delicate area of your dog (paw and nail), so make sure the dog nail clippers are sharp and the correct size for your pet. Ask a groomer or your veterinarian for advice about what types of dog nail clippers are best.
Tips on Using Dog Nail Clippers and Nail Files
First, gather all of your supplies (the dog nail clippers, treats, and nail file) and place them in a comfortable area for you and your dog. Place your dog on his/her tummy. This will ensure safety and comfort for both you and your dog as you trim the nails. Give him/her something to occupy his attention like a bone or a chew toy. Or get someone to help you distract the dog with love, scratches and attention while you clip.
Make sure the dog nail clippers are sharp and begin at the tip of the nail. Snip small pieces a little at a time. If you begin to see a little bit of moisture, it’s time to stop clipping. You don’t want to cut into the quick. Its an area of the nail which is very sensitive and will bleed easily. On dark nails its hard to see, but on white nails, the quick is the pink area.
An important area not to forget is the dewclaw nail on the inside of the leg. This nail is notorious (at least in my household) for getting snagged. This nail doesn’t wear down like the other nails so may need to be trimmed more often.
Use dog nail clippers when those nails start to click on the floor or snag on the carpet (once or twice a month). With neglect, the quick will lengthen and can cause poor nail health. Then use a nail file to smooth down any rough areas.
Practice makes perfect. As you continue you will become more comfortable in the grooming process. Grooming your dog is just as important as grooming yourself. Just as your nails need attention, so do your pets.
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Demonstrates 4 commonly available nailclipping tools, suitable for puppies and adult dogs.
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