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Dog Ownership 101 - January/February 2016

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Dog Ownership 101 teaches dog owners how to properly groom and provide for their pets. Learn the tricks the best dog owners already know!

How To Properly Trim

How To Properly Trim Your Dog’s Nails by Alicia Breckenridge Trimming your dog’s nails can be tricky, but the tips in this article will make sure you are doing a good job. Some dog grooming basics are easier, like combing and bathing, but then there are the harder tasks, such as tooth brushing, ear and face cleaning, and toenail trimming. These need to be done periodically, but you can make them easier on yourself and your pet. The following will focus on the guidelines you should follow when the time comes for you to clip your dog’s nails, and how you can make the experience more bearable for both you and your furry friend. Knowing When It’s Trimming Time If your dog isn’t spending a lot of time on pavement to wear the nails down, you need to trim them regularly; they grow rapidly. Clicking on a hard surface tells you that it is time. But this is a delicate procedure that many owners and their pets hate to do, especially if it’s been bad in the past. Establishing A Routine Your dog may never love having nails trimmed even though you try your hardest to make it a good experience because dogs are sensitive regarding nails. It helps to know you can make choices. 10 DOG ownership 101 | JANUARY 2016

You can do them all at one time or clip in stages. Just keep up with it so the nails don’t get out of control. Weekly would be ideal for trimming a dog’s nails because then you prevent other problems and established a routine. Some dogs like grinders better than clippers so use this rotary tool if you need to or even hire a professional groomer or vet to do the trimming. How To Make Trimming Easier When trimming toenails on your dog try these tips: Make sure your dog is used to you touching her feet because a lot of them hate that. Get your pet used to tolerating it and it will be easier to do a manicure each week. You can start with the help of a vet or a groomer who can show you what to do the first time and then you can take care of them yourself periodically. Do just one paw at a time if you have a dog that is fussy. Trim one and then give the dog a rest period before you go on to do another. Then give the dog a treat, a hug, and an exclamation of praise along with a nice scratch behind the ears. What You Will Need Be sure to get all your tools together prior to picking up your nail clippers so that the procedure goes smoothly. You will need special nail cutters (the best choices are either the scissor or guillotine styles); a product to stop bleeding if you accidentally nick your dog’s veins (the best products are either styptic powder, in which case also grab cotton balls, or a nail-cauterizing tool); a damp towel to clean up any mess; a nail file to smooth the trimmed nail; and a favorite treat to reward your dog. Avoiding The Quick There’s a nail and a quick in every canine toenail, the quick being pink if you can see it. That’s where the blood supply to the nail is so try not to cut this sensitive part that will bleed easily. You can see the quick if your pet has nails that are white, but often they are darker than that and you can not find the quick. That means you must snip quite cautiously and keep looking closely. Stop right away if there’s a sponginess to the nail and be careful rather than sorry later. If you clip the quick, your pet will not be a happy camper and there’ll be a lot of blood. Use a nail cauterizer or styptic powder right away to stem the blood. This hurts the dog and will usually DOG ownership 101 | JANUARY 2016 11

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