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Help identifying the quick - photos included

Discussion in 'Dog Grooming' started by GenAsh123, Jan 28, 2019.

  1. GenAsh123

    GenAsh123 PetForums Newbie

    Jan 28, 2019
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    Hi there,

    Part of my dog's nail has chipped off and I want to trim it back to avoid further damage, but I don't want to accidentally hit the quick. He's got black claws (joy!) which makes it hard to know how far I can go, but he's very good about it, and so far we haven't had any accidents in 2-3 years!

    Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated.

    FYI: this toe is a bit deformed and never touches the ground, which is why the claw is so long. It's quite hard to clip properly, so I'm hoping this is a good opportunity to get rid of some of the length!

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  2. Burrowzig

    Burrowzig PetForums VIP

    Feb 18, 2009
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    You should be safe nipping off the grey-looking section, then you can file back a bit further. You can get a better idea of where the quick is by looking at the underside of the nail; also, if the dog has any nails that aren't black, you can visually establish an average length of quick. It should be pretty much the same in the black nails.
    I'm not a groomer, just do my own dogs' feet.
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