It contains a blood vessel and a nerve, so avoid cutting it

One of the main reasons dogs don’t get regular nail trims is because owners are afraid to do the job. They fear cutting into the “,” or nail bed. This sensitive, pink area at the base of each nail is full of nerves and blood vessels and will bleed profusely if cut. But if you know how to go about it, you can care for your dog’s nails yourself.

What has worked for you? Do you have any tips for cutting your dog’s nails? Please do tell in the comments!

Fortunately, my dogs are good about their nails- I catch them lying down and clipclipclip easy-peasy, done in less than two minutes. We were very lucky with Otis- he has been very cooperative from the start. His nails are so large and hard, though, I have a slightly difficult time finding clippers heavy-duty enough to cut them easily. Sharpness is an absolute must. I also find it is very important to orient the clipping blades so that they slice parallel to the quick, cutting from the top and bottom not side-to-side, which squeezes and pinches the nail.

How to Cut Your Dog's Nails - dummies

The following information has helped me become more confident with cutting my dog’s nails. And I hope it helps you too! :) Thanks for this hub, I hate cutting my dogs nails in case I cut too close and make him bleed, which I have once, it is horrid. He has black nails so you have to guess!

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Place the nail cutter around your dog’s nail, with the solid plate facing your dog. Cut down in one swift, solid movement. Then, move on to the next nail!

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Cutting a dog's nails, especially when they are curled, can be nerve-wracking for you and the dog. You don't want to injure him and he doesn't want it done at all. Not a good combination. Invest in the proper nail cutting equipment.Try a scissor-style toenail cutter, which is a clipper that you squeeze. When squeezed, the two halves come together and cut much like scissors cut. Another option is the guillotine style toenail cutter, which squeezes the two halves together but it doesn't cut like scissors, but like a guillotine. Your dog's nail is placed inside the circular-shaped cutter. If your dog is restless and moving, this isn't a good cutter to use.A: Since individual dogs vary a great deal in their reactions to tranquilizers, I'm not in favor of their use at home without the direct supervision of a veterinarian. Few dogs enjoy nail cutting but most, with training, will learn to allow their nails to be cut without a major struggle. Avoid cutting the quick when trimming your dog's nails, as this will cause the dog to bleed. The quick is a pink-looking blood vessel that is inside the nail. Consider using a quick-finder cutter, a relatively new instrument that is designed to let you know the location of the quick. If you do accidentally cut the quick, dip the dog's paw in a container filled with corn starch. This will halt the bleeding in a few minutes. If it doesn't stop bleeding, take your dog to the vet. When the dog's nails are dark, it is harder to see the quick -- so proceed carefully and conservatively.