Q&A: What’s the best way to cut a dog’s nail?

Question by Sheila C: What's the way to cut a dog's ?
My dig has long hard black nails. She doesn't give me much time to cut them. I bought the cheapest dog nail and they don't seem to cut through the nail. When I press hard on the clipper she whimpers. No nails actually get cut. What's the best tool/brand to use and what method. I am looking for fast and easy.

Best answer:

Answer by -Matt-
Ask your vet for a recommendation on a brand, and maybe some instruction. If you cut too high you will cut the poor girls vein and she will bleed.

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    • Donna E
    • January 6, 2013

    Have you seen that dog nail trimmer advertisement that’s been running on TV lately? The TV ad says call this number and get this trimmer for 29.99. Well my daughter-inlaw bought one at PetPlus for 19.99 and it’s wonderful. She has 2 boston terriers and can’t get near their nails to trim them so she takes them every 4 weeks to the groomers. Well the day she brought that gadget home she did their nails in second flat. No problem with either dog. It cannot cut the quick as it trims the nails and files them using an emery-board like wheel inside. Check them out. They’re great.

    • Lorax5
    • January 6, 2013

    This is one pet care item that I have learned not to skimp on – I broke 3 pairs on my dogs nails (I used to work at a Vet so I know HOW to do it – the nails were just to tough) You need really good ones. If you could get your dog to learnt o accept it – A Dremmel sanding tool works well too.

    Have someone who your dog is comfortable with hold her while you cut. It will help.

    • natluvr
    • January 6, 2013

    There’s a new motorized shaver for sale on the home shopping shows that looks like what you need. The dremel tool may be an answer too but it might heat up the nail too much and hurt the dog.

    • SaveThePits!
    • January 6, 2013

    You’re going to need to shell out 30 bucks for a good pair of clippers. She probably whimpers because you don’t actually have to cut the quick to hurt her- the nail can crack to the quick or the pressure from crappy clippers can also hurt her. A good set will slice right through the nail. You could also pay for a groomer/vet to do it for you and you won’t have to worry about that stuff.

    • TKS
    • January 6, 2013

    You need a sharp high quality pair of nail trimmers. Go to your vet or groomer and have them show you where to trim. Also get a jar of Kwik stop to have on hand in case of bleeding.

    • Kara S
    • January 6, 2013

    For my dogs we use normal dog clippers because you can never tell how short you are actually cutting it. I suggest a file for you dog. Its the best way to cut a dogs nail safely and without hurting her/

    • Kev
    • January 6, 2013

    use a dremel to file it down

    • Dalai
    • January 6, 2013

    Let some one who grooms dogs clip the nails. Some do it for free or charge about $ 10. It should be done about once every 6 weeks.Fast , easy and safer for your dog.

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