When it comes to keeping your nails well-groomed, you may find it surprising you have more in common with your dog than you think. Overgrown nails can be just as a problem for dogs as they are for humans. Not keeping your canine's nails maintained can lead to discomfort and further issues as they get older. Here are a few tips you can use to trim your dog's nails at home from Amelia Pointe Animal Hospital & Daycare in Fernandina Beach FL.
Utilize Cooperative Play Before Trimming Nails
If you haven't previously trimmed your dog's nails at home, you'll want your pet to get used to you touching its paws. Use reward systems for your pet "shaking" and putting their paw back on the ground. You may also want to introduce toe clippers so they can get used to them.
Getting Ready To Trim Correctly
Always familiarize yourself with the best method for trimming nails, like starting on the tip to get your pet as comfortable as possible. If you haven't cut nails before, educate yourself with video tutorials, or we can explain how at our clinic. Ensure you're in a well-lit area, so you don't accidentally overcut and hit a nerve ending. Don't forget to give your pet a treat immediately following the process to reinforce good behavior.
You'll also want to select a pair of clippers that feel comfortable in your hand to minimize making a mistake. It's important to understand that some degree of force is necessary to cut the nail, so picking the right tool is imperative.
Schedule a Pet Exam In Fernandina Beach
Amelia Pointe Animal Hospital & Daycare can ensure your pet gets the help they need, including nail hygiene. We are available when you need us for all aspects of preventative pet care services. Call for an appointment today!