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Nail clipping

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Cazz enigma, Jan 29, 2012.


  1. Cazz enigma

    Cazz enigma PetForums Member

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    The boys are booked in to be groomed on the 8th February, but their nails seem really long to me. We do a fair bit of concrete walking, but it isn't enough.
    I would love to be able to do their nails myself, but am terrified of going to far and hurting them. With black nails too, it scares me.

    Has any one any tips on nail cutting safely?
     
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    McKenzie PetForums VIP

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    I managed to cut a nail once....

    No tips from me I'm afraid, I'm not confident enough to do it myself and decided after that 1 nail to leave it to the pros!
     
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    My dogs have their nails cut every week, I have a bit of a fetish about long nails, I like them very short and they run on concrete several times a week alongside the bike.

    Have a bar of soap handy in case you cut the quick, the simiplest and cheapest way to stem the bleeding. The dog will not die if this happens it has happened on the odd occasion to me over the years, no probs.

    Use a guillotine clipper made by Resco, high quality rather than pliers type as the latter can squeeze the quick and hurt some dogs.

    ClickerSolutions Training Articles -- Nail Trimming for Sensitive Dogs

    Take just the tip off at first.

    Or alternatively use a Dremel
     
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    Just take the tip off and then if they really are too long gradually work back. If you are doing a lot of pavement walking they probably are not really needing clipping. It is not something that most dogs need doing if they are walked on hard surfaces. Even my farm dogs go a lifetime without needing them done, apart from dew claws.
     
  5. Cazz enigma

    Cazz enigma PetForums Member

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    Thank you for your replies. I wonder if I could ask the groomer to show me and maybe have a go with her watching me.
    I am surprised at how much they haven't worn down of the pavement!! Finnley's look like polar bear paws.
    As for dew claws, what do they need them for, I have read somewhere they can be removed?
     
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    Cazz enigma PetForums Member

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    Thanks for the link, that is helpful
     
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    cazbah PetForums Member

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    my groomers will cut nails for £5, we just call in without an appointment, takes minutes.
     
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    beris PetForums Senior

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    Doesn't the groomer cut their nails as part of the service?

    I always cut Heidi's nails myself but they are easy white nails.
    I took my daughters black lab to have her nails cut at the groomers last Friday and it cost £4,00. I wouldn't risk cutting her nails as they are black.
     
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    Cazz enigma PetForums Member

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    Yes she does and also charges £5, but their nails seem to grow between appointments, and our new groomer is quite a distance from us.
     
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