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The Stress Free Method of Nails Trimming for Dogs

If you are like many dog owners, trimming your pet’s nails is an event surrounded by anxiety and drama. Some animal parents even avoid cutting their pooch’s nails completely for fear of hurting their companion. However, trimming your dog’s nails doesn’t have to be stressful, with the right techniques and tools.

Keeping Fido’s feet healthy is important and it starts by keeping his nails short. While some active pets wear their nails naturally, most need a little extra help from their people. Long toenails are not only painful for your pet when tapping against hard surfaces, they can also cause serious communication problems between the body and the brain. In nature, dogs run for long distances, carrying their nails down, so they touch the ground only when walking uphill. Your pet’s brain is evolutionarily programmed to associate the contact of the nail with walking uphill, which leads to a change in posture if his nails grow too long. Since the mound is not real, your pet bends forward over his front legs for no reason, forcing him to compensate with his hind legs to stay upright. The end result is a pet with overworked and overloaded muscles and joints, which can lead to long-term pain. Fortunately, cutting your dog’s nails can help restore his natural balance.

To minimize the fear of mowing, regularly treat your pet’s paws and show it to the mowers with a lot of treats and praise before cutting your nails. When you are ready to cut your nails, use high-quality sharp scissors style clippers. Buy small mowers for better control and hold your pet’s paw firmly, but gently, while cutting at an angle of 45 degrees. Cut in small steps to avoid cutting the soft cuticle in the middle of your dog’s nail, which contains blood vessels and nerves. If you cut too far, you can soak your pet’s paw in cornstarch to stop the bleeding. For dogs with light nails, the quick is easily visible, which makes it easier to cut. For pets with dark nails, however, cut only until you see the white lining on the inside of the nail, with a small black center. How often you cut depends on your pet and his activity, but a good rule of thumb is to cut the dogs’ nails about once every three weeks.

Since the quick grows with your dog’s nails, skipping a few cutting sessions can lead to serious paw problems. It is not uncommon for the quick to grow almost to the tip of the nail, which can make cutting your pet’s nails almost impossible. In this matter, it may be best to take your dog to the vet or to a professional groomer who can cut the nail and, over time, assist in its rapid removal so that you can resume regular maintenance. For a DYI approach, cut off a very small piece of your puppy’s nail every other day until the fast one recedes

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