CLIPPING CLAWS, THE SHORT OF IT

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I think it’s time for me to have a doggy manicure, please!

Nail trimming plays an important role in your pet’s overall care and comfort. Allowing your pet’s nails to grow too long can cause several problems.

Nails that grow too long can get caught in things and the nail can easily tear as your pet tries to free its paw. A torn toenail is a bloody, painful experience for a pet. Nails that are too long may grow in a circular pattern and curl up into the paw pad. Embedded toenails cause tremendous pain which potentially can lead to infection. Both torn and curled nails often require a trip to see the vet. Lengthy nails can also cause your pet to walk awkwardly thus placing abnormal strain on muscles, tendons, and bones.

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Trimming your dog’s nails can also help prevent the furniture from getting torn up.

Since it has been determined that your pet’s nails are too long, it is now time to shorten them up. You grab your pet and the nail trimmers, position the trimmers carefully, you proceed to make your cut when suddenly an eruption occurs and blood gushes everywhere!
Don’t panic!

Quickly grab a styptic pencil to stop the bleeding. Don’t have one of those handy? Use clotting powder, don’t have that either? Grab some cornstarch or baking flour and apply it directly to the toenail. You may need to apply pressure to the bleeding nail to stop the flow quickly.

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Is nail trimming not for you? You may prefer using a grinding tool such as a Dremel. This tool performs like a spinning emory board which sands away excessive toenail leaving them smooth and void of sharp edges.

Still not comfortable trimming toenails? Seek professional help from a groomer or your veterinarian.

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