Problematic Nails in Pets
For many pet owners, trimming their pet's nails is something that they don't enjoy doing. This may be because of the fact that they don't know where exactly to cut the nail, what to do when you trim the nail too close, or what to do if your pet seems uncomfortable or anxious during nail trims.
- It is best if you can keep a consistent schedule and make nail trims a treat instead of a stressful event.
- Your pet's nails should be trimmed every month.
- Make nail trimming a pleasant event to teach your pet to tolerate the process. Try to reward your pet with something special after each trim. For example, give them a special treat or a new toy or play a game or take a walk. Try not to frighten or overwhelm your pet, as this will discourage them. Slowly introduce the nail clippers and don't plan on doing all the nails at one sitting for the first few times.
- If you have never trimmed your pet's feet before, spend some time handling their feet. Pick up each foot and gently touch each toe and nail. After doing so, give your pet a treat so that they associate getting treats with you touching their feet. Once you do this for several days, then you can begin to pick up your pet's paws and touch the clippers to one of the nails, but don't actually trim the nails. You can positively reinforce your pet by giving them a treat. You can practice this step for several days. Following faux nail trimming, you can begin to trim a nail or two at a time. Again, positively reinforce them with treats.
- Pick nail trimmers that are most comfortable for you. There are two common types, scissor-type and guillotine-type. Make sure you have some sort of commercial clotting powder (styptic powder) or baking flour handy in case you quick a nail. Choose a nail to trim and hold it firmly, yet gently between your fingers. Choose the appropriate length, by either looking for the quick in light colored nails or cutting small amounts at a time on dark colored nails.
- Remember to trim your dog's dewclaws as well.
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