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Periodic trimming of your pets nails may be necessary to prevent overgrowth. Over grown nails are more likely to suffer trauma, develop nail bed infections and can grow into the pads of the paw causing pain and infection.
We offer FREE nail trimming here at Springlands vets but if you would like to have a go at home here are a few helpful tips.
- It is always helpful to have someone hold your pet for you so you can concentrate on the clipping.
- Hold your pets foot steady, but hold it gently.
- Using scissor-type clippers, place a tiny bit of the nail in the clipper and snip. Make sure that you clip the nail below the quick (see diagram below).
If you cut the quick, you will have an unhappy pet and a bloody mess. If you cut the quick and it bleeds a great deal, apply pressure with a cloth. If it continues to bleed after a maximum of 30 minutes, you may need to make a trip to a vet clinic where we have specific equipment to stop the bleeding.
Dont forget that most dogs have dew claws, these are a nail that sits slightly higher on the inside of their legs. They tend to grow long because they don't normally touch the ground and if you forget to cut them, they may grow back into your dogs foot.