The most common reasons for avoiding nail trims are that 1) the owner is afraid of “quicking” the dog, or 2) the dog fusses and creates bad feelings around the procedure. Nail cutting becomes an event surrounded by angst and drama. For very active dogs, who run all day long on varied surfaces, cutting nails may not be necessary. High mileage wears them down naturally (Photo: Normal Toenails). But among city or suburban dogs, who are lucky to get a mile or two walk daily, excessively long toenails are more common than not.
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So my takeaway is that when I cut my dog’s nails, I need to try to use the right tool that enables me to get a cleaner finish when her nail is cut – whether it’s because the blades are blunt from use or because the spring resistance is to strong for the strength that I tend to exert to get a clean cut. ;)
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If your dog tears a nail before you’ve had a chance to clip, apply pressure right away with a clean rag or handful of gauze. After you’ve stopped the bleeding, wash his paw with warm, soapy water and take a good look at the injury. If the nail is simply torn, and you’re comfortable with clipping your dog’s nails, you can go ahead and clip away the damaged part.
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If you do happen to find a nail that is very loose and dangling, then you can attempt to remove it at home. It is important to have someone help restrain your pet safely while you gently try to remove the nearly broken off nail with a quick pull motion. Caution: only attempt removal if the nail is very loose! Think “loose wiggly tooth” like when you were a kid. Also, be careful during your inspection or attempt to remove a loose nail as this can cause a sudden and unpleasant pain sensation in which some dogs may nip or bite in surprise. If bleeding is noted following the removal, you can then use some gauze and light pressure, and/or Kwik Stop, as previously discussed. You may want to sit on the floor with your dog in your lap, or have someone hold your dog on a table. Hold your dog’s paw firmly and push on the pads to extend the nail. Locate where the quick ends. With clear or light nails, it is easy to see the pink color where the quick ends. But with black nails you can look for a black dot on the underneath of the nail; that’s where the quick ends.