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Dog clipping

Dogs do not scratch wallpaper and furniture, like cats, and do not hunt the owner’s foot under the covers. Does this mean that they do not have to cut their claws? Let’s figure it out together!

Do dogs need to cut their nails?
Dog claws grow rapidly throughout their lives and need care no less than cat claws.

In the wild, the closest genetic relatives of the dogs take care of their paws themselves. Every day they travel great distances, and their claws come down on a hard surface in a natural way. But with pets, the situation is different.

On a walk, in contact with asphalt, the claws also grind slightly. But for them to grind sufficiently, it would take a long time to walk on asphalt. However, it is much more pleasant to walk with a dog in special areas and in parks where the surface is soft. Miniature pets walk in their arms. Therefore, grinding does not occur naturally.

If the dog’s nails are not shortened, they will grow and grow into the skin, causing inflammation. Strongly grown claws interfere with walking and deform the paw. This is a fairly common problem, because of which dogs are disqualified at specialized exhibitions.

Do dogs need to cut their nails?
How often to cut the claws of a dog?
In some dogs, the nails grow faster, in others – slower. How to understand when it is time to shorten them? A “bell” is the characteristic clawing of claws on a hard surface. If you heard him, it’s time to cut your claws.

On average, the dog’s nails are trimmed once every 2 weeks.

How to cut the claws of a dog?
Now we know that the dog must cut its nails. But how to carry out the procedure yourself? We offer a step by step guide. Let’s start with the preparation:

We purchase a special tool for cutting claws: scissors or guillotine. It is recommended to cut thin and small claws with scissors. For dogs of large breeds, guillotines are better suited. Many companies, such as Show Tech and Oster, produce tools of various sizes according to the size of the pet.

Just in case, keep Bio-Groom Sure Clot hemostatic powder with you.

Stock up on goodies to encourage your pet.

We proceed to the procedure.

We fix the pet. To do this, it is better to enlist the reliable support of a friend or family member.

If necessary, we put a muzzle on the dog.

We start with the hind legs: the claws on them are less sensitive.

Carefully take the paw in the palm of your hand, slightly push the dog’s finger.

We cut the claw without touching the blood vessels.

Blood vessels may not be visible. This often happens if the nails are thick or dark in color. In such cases, shorten the claw little by little before pink or gray living tissue appears on the cut. Another way is to shine a light on a claw, this will help to see the border of blood vessels.

The cut is slightly trimmed with a file.

Having processed the paw, we praise the dog and treat it to a treat. She deserved it!

How often to cut the claws of a dog?
What to do if blood has gone?
Unfortunately, there are times when a blood vessel is still affected. In this case, distract the dog with praise or treats and quickly treat the wound with hemostatic powder. This is the best procedure to complete. Treat the remaining claws the next day.

How to teach a dog to cut nails?
Accustoming to clipping, as well as other care procedures, it is better to start from childhood. The sooner the pet gets to know them, the calmer it will be to react to them. A little puppy does not need to cut its nails, but you can “depict” the procedure to accustom the baby to touch. To do this, simply massage your paws with your fingers, and then gently touch them with a tool.

For the first time, it is enough to cut 1-2 claws and look at the reaction of the dog. If all is well, treat all the claws. But if the dog is nervous, stop the procedure and return to it after a couple of days. Do not turn grooming into stress: it should cause the pet only pleasant associations. After all, this is another reason to talk with your beloved host!

After the procedure (and no matter how successful it is), be sure to treat your pet with a treat. He deserved it.

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