Dog, Pet Care

HOW TO TRIM DOG NAILS SAFELY

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A dog is a highly valuable domestic carnivorous animal well known to have an acute sense of smell. Its claws are non-retractile. It barks, howls and has a whining voice. This common animal is four legged with ability to sniff butts. Most people keep it especially as a pet and at times regarded as a friend during hunting and guarding family things. Dogs are extremely loyal and provides protection to people they like.

Dog adoption turns to be a rewarding experience for those who love pets. Hence, for the process to be successful, most factors must be considered to sustain this pet in a friendly environment.  One feels uncomfortable when associating with a dog in a disturbed state. Nail grooming turns to be the simplest task but more care must be put into consideration before the trimming process is started. Trimming of the nails is the healthiest and essential way of ensuring that the pet stays calm within the compound.

Nail trimming has to be safely done so as to avoid injuring the dog. Health of the dog is much compromised by the long nails which ends up putting excess pressure on toe joints. Some dog nails are prone to deformities especially for puppies which grow fast and if left for a long period of time, they cause walking difficulty leading to a strain to the back and hip joints. Careful steps should be taken to ensure stress-free nail trimming exercise. Basic tools for nail trimming should be readily available before the exercise commences. One of the tool used is the Nail Clippers. Toenail clippers should be sharp, strong and have provision for a replaceable blade. This combination is the best fit for dogs with long or large nails. Cheap and blunt nail clippers makes the cutting process long creating more stress hence increasing chances of nail bleeding.

Practically, there are various types of trimmers. One has a hole where the toenails are inserted into for easier cutting. It is called guillotine. The other one is scissors used only when the nails are overgrown. The two are the safest and easiest to use.  After trimming, the nails must be treated. Use of styptic border is the best match for dog grooming and stops bleeding of toenails if accidentally cut. Most veterinary officers highly recommends its usage.

However, some dogs gets terrified if they get aware of the trimming exercise. Therefore, getting the dog relaxed can settle the problem. Play around with the dog slowly before introducing the trimming tools. Distract the pet with nice food like peanut butter. If the dog is notorious, just wrap it in a blanket with the help of a family member, by holding gently. This bars the dog from pulling away. Institute ways of making toenail trimming a routine and less traumatic. If unable to carry out the process, involve your vet who is well trained to handle the same. Above all to ensure safe trimming the following steps should be considered; use sharp trimmers, make the dog comfortable and relaxed, stay calm, file the nail after trimming and finally apply a bit of styptic powder for bleeding claws.

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