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Shae Killey3 years ago

Nail trimming 101 for Sunny Coast dog owners

How do you know when it's time to give your puppy a pedicure? A good sign is when you can hear the little pitter-pattter of their paws as they run around the house. This is usually around once a month, however some dogs that spend most of their time on hard surfaces may never need a cut at all. Untrimmed nails can make walking uncomfortable for your dog, as well as predispose them to ingrown nails. Owners often put off nail care as they're afraid of hurting their furry friend, or their dog is scared or aggressive when they attempt a trim. We've provided you with some much needed tips for your dog's nail care, to make life easier for the both of you.

Clipper design

Generally, there are two types of trimmers when it comes to cutting your dog’s nails: scissor-style and guillotine-style. They both work equally as well, however it’s all about what is most comfortable for your dog – just make sure it’s the right size.

Start young

When your dog is a pup, it’s important that they are used to you touching and playing with their paws. If you have a sensitive pooch it could take a few weeks of paw massaging before they become comfortable. After their first few cuts, make sure you follow up with plenty of treats and maybe even their favourite game to make it a positive experience.

Pre-snip preparation

Depending on the nature of your dog, it’s often a good idea to tire them out before starting your puppy pedicure. This will make sure they’re relaxed. You should also get a friend to help hold your dog, so you can focus on cutting their nails without any accidents. Once you’ve assembled your nail care gear, you’re ready to start.

Just a bit off the top thanks

Now for the most important part, the cut itself! Using treats to encourage your dog, grab their paw firmly without hurting them and cut from top to bottom (not side to side), all the while praising them for their good behaviour. Only insert little parts of the nail through the trimmer at a time to avoid nipping the quick (the pink area within each nail that contains nerves and blood vessels). Try to maintain the existing curvature of the nail as you cut, but once again it’s vital that you move onto the next nail before reaching the quick.

Accidents can happen

Can’t stop the bleeding after a nail care-related accident? Perhaps your dog suffers from brittle nails, nail bed disorders or is showing fearful or aggressive behaviour during your trim? It might be time to take them to your local vet. Here are a couple trustworthy and affordable vets on the Sunshine Coast.

Nicklin Way Veterinary Surgery

Friendly team, Nicklin Way Veterinary Surgery - Sunshine Coast
Friendly team, Nicklin Way Veterinary Surgery – Sunshine Coast

Open 7 days a week, the team of veterinary professionals at Nicklin Way Veterinary Surgery can always be relied on to treat your pooch. Whether you want them trained at their puppy preschool or you need some help after a nail care-related accident, you can have peace of mind that your dog is in safe hands at Nicklin Way Veterinary Surgery. If your dog has a health issue or you’ve noticed a behavioural change lately, bring them straight here and they will use their experience and knowledge to help your four-legged friend.
Where: 202 Nicklin Way Warana Sunshine Coast QLD

Caloundra Vet

Satisfied customers, Caloundra Vet - Sunshine Coast
Satisfied customers, Caloundra Vet – Sunshine Coast

If you live in the Caloundra region and your dog is suffering from a health issue, you can’t look past Dr Collin and his team of highly-trained nurses at Caloundra Vet. The staff here treat everything from dental care and surgery to skin disorders and vaccinations (and more), all with their trademark caring service. Perhaps you just need a general check up? Whatever the case, book an appointment at Caloundra Vet today.
Where: 1/6 Park Pl Caloundra Sunshine Coast QLD

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