You probably agree with us when we say that the health of your four-legged friend is one of the most important things. However, many dog owners do not realize that nail maintenance is also a top priority for your dog's health. Many wait until a visit to the vet or ignore this urgent problem. We are happy to help you in your search for a good nail clipper.
When are my dog's nails too long?
This question is easy to answer and check as a dog owner. When your dog is standing upright, the nails should not touch the ground. If they do this, there is too much pressure on the foot and the toes will stand up. This can lead to ingrown nails, tearing or worse, serious nail infections. So it is best to check this on a monthly basis.
Which nail clippers are the best?
This obviously depends on personal experiences, but we do not recommend traditional nail clippers or scissors. This is because it is easier to cut the nails too short, more about this later. It is best to use an electric nail clipper with a cap. This makes it virtually impossible to cut the nail too short and it is also a lot more pleasant for both you and your four-legged friend.
How do I know I'm not cutting too far?
Before you start, see if your dog has light-colored or black nails. This makes the process easier. If your dog has light-colored nails, you should never cut the pink part of the nail. This is where the blood vessels run. If your dog has black nails, it is somewhat more complicated as it is not visible where the blood vessels run. In this case, it is best to gently apply some pressure to the nail. If your dog withdraws its paw, you are sitting too high. Try again but a little lower on the nail.
What if I accidentally cut too far?
If you accidentally cut your dog's nail too far, the nail will most likely bleed. Just like with a human, it is not extremely dangerous, but it is painful for the dog. The bleeding usually stops on its own, but protect it from dirt from the ground. This can cause inflammation. You can stop the bleeding naturally or with alum. You can buy this product at most drugstores or pharmacies.
How do I make nail clipping more enjoyable?
Clipping the nails is usually not very pleasant for some dogs. Try to make it a more enjoyable experience and keep some sweets or cookies on hand. This way you give your dog some extra distraction while the nails are being trimmed. Our tip for cutting the front legs is to do this in a sitting position. If you want to cut the back legs, it is best to do this when your dog is lying flat on its side.
Does this still not work? Do not force your dog and it is best to contact your vet.