Afraid to Trim Your Dog’s Nails?

Have you ever been cutting your dog’s nails and gotten too close to the nail bed? It can be scary because none of us want to hurt our dogs! Most dog lovers know that cutting canine nails is a tricky process. It can be hard to know where to stop trimming. As a result, some people may feel a little nervous or even avoid nail trimming, but proper nail care is essential for your dog’s comfort and even his health.

  • Brookside BarkeryFirst, determine if your dog’s nails need a trim by taking a look at the length. They should be fairly short and ideally they should not be touching the ground on a firm, flat surface.
  • If they are long, you can start by trimming bit by bit, only 1–2 millimeters at a time. Dog nail clippers should have a U-shaped blade on the top and bottom because it conforms to the shape of your dog’s nail and won’t squish the nail and cause discomfort when you cut. This is why it is important not to use human nail clippers. If you do not have dog nail clippers, Brookside Barkery and Bath has all of the tools you need to make this a painless and simple process.
  • If your dog’s nail profile is U-shaped when you make the first small cut, then it is still too long. For dogs with
    black nails, you can tell they are too long when it has an upside down U with a dark margin and lighter center. Continue clipping until you start seeing a small darker center surrounded by lighter nail.
  • Regardless of the tool you’re using, keep your dog happy and at ease during a nail clipping session by having good quality, natural treats on hand. Swing by the Brookside Barkery and Bath today to pick up a variety of healthy all natural treats for your pooch. When it comes to nail trimming, bribery is definitely allowed!

Following this simple routine every two to three weeks, you can assure your dog will be moving comfortably. Still too nervous to attempt cutting your dog’s nails? That is completely understandable. At Brookside Barkery and Bath we are happy to trim your pets’ nails during a scheduled grooming session with one of our expert groomers.

*Thanks to Modern Dog Magazine