Trimming Your Dog’s Nails

Nail trims are an essential part of your dog’s grooming routine, and they’re important for good paw health. For a refresher course on nail trimming, read on as your Orangevale, CA veterinarian tells you about the basics:

Gather Supplies

First, gather together your supplies in the area where you’ll be performing Fido’s nail trims. You’ll need a canine-specific nail trimmer (never use nail trimmers designed for humans or other animals!), a styptic powder or pen to staunch any bleeding, and a few dog treats.

Trim the Tips

When your pup is ready, take one paw and expose the nail by pressing gently on the paw pad. Trim just the tip; remember, you’re only trying to blunt the nail. If you clip too far down, you’ll snip the blood vessel of the nail and cause bleeding. This is where your styptic powder comes in.

Repeat and Reward

Repeat this process around each of your dog’s paws, offering a tasty treat after each paw is completed. This is an easy way to teach your dog that remaining calm warrants a reward!

Need help with your dog’s nail trim? We’re here for you! Make an appointment today at your animal hospital Orangevale, CA.