Trimming Your Dog’s Nails

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You need to trim your dog’s nails regularly so he has a good grip while walking and running. Plus long nails can cause your dog’s toes to turn funny or get caught and cause pain. Start trimming your dog’s nails when he is young so it becomes routine. Handle your dog’s feet and toes often so he becomes accustomed to your touch. When you are ready to trim your dog’s nails, act quickly and efficiently. Grasp your dog’s foot and cut a little bit of nail at a time while avoiding the quick. The quick is the nerve and blood supply to the nail and will hurt and bleed if nicked. Continue nail after nail as long as your dog doesn’t resist. Don’t force him to allow you to trim the nails. Just try another day and eventually you will have all the nails trimmed. Learn more from your Eagle, ID veterinary clinic.


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