First, it is a good idea to have a vet tech, veterinarian or dog groomer show you how to trim nails first. Then, once you have an idea of what not to do you will be more successful in getting the job done. Keep in mind if you have a nervous pup that you don’t have to trim all their nails at once, you can do them a few at a time if needed.
Not all dogs need their nails trimmed, either. Many will naturally wear the nails down, or the dried ends of the nails will simply flake away without you even knowing. But some breeds, notoriously Bassets and Dachshunds, may need our help in keeping the toe nails reasonably short. Depending on the breed and size of your dog, you’ll need to clip its nails anywhere from once per week to once per month.
On occasion, you may cut a nail too short. If this does occur, have some clotting powder or solution to stop the bleeding. It’s a lifesaver!
Letting the team at Gresham Animal Hospital care for your pets is one of the best things you can do for their health. Our team is skilled, professional, and willing to work with your pet’s specific needs to ensure a quality experience is had by both pets and pet parents alike. Keep Gresham Animal Hospital in mind next time your dog needs a checkup, shots, vaccines, or grooming or give us a call at 503.666.1600 or contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment.