One Step At A Time – How To Trim Your Pet’s Nails
Your pet may not delight in nail trimming, but he or she unknowingly benefits from timely toenail trims. From torn nails to easing the aches of arthritis, trimming nails goes way beyond aesthetics, or even the acoustic assault of your pet’s nails on your tile floor.
You may resist keeping your pet’s nails trimmed due to your pet’s resistance, or maybe you doubt your own capabilities to give it a go at home. Let’s uncover the health advantages that this basic grooming need provides your pet, and offer some helpful tips for ensuring successful nail trims for your pet.
Why You Should Trim Your Pet’s Nails
While your pet’s daily routine does keep his or her nails worn down a little, it’s unlikely that there is enough daily wear and tear to keep potential health problems at bay.
Untrimmed nails eventually curl beneath your pet’s foot and painfully dig into the paw pads, leading to a potential infection. Long nails can also lead to gait problems or difficulty walking as weight is shifted to the back part of the paw. Over time, this strain may stress his or her muscles and joints, possibly even causing or exacerbating arthritis.
Routine nail trims can work to eliminate these problems, effectively reducing the risk of injury or infection.
Toe The Line
Most of a pet owner’s nail trimming trepidation usually stems from not wanting to clip the quick, which is the nail’s blood and nerve supply. When cut into, the quick bleeds a great deal and (quite understandably) causes unnecessary suffering. We can show you how to effectively trim your pet’s nails without harming the quick, which would make any pet disinclined to future trimmings.
Depending on your pet’s physical activity, the average length between trimmings is one month. More active pets require less frequent trimming while pets that do not walk on rough surfaces a whole lot may need weekly attention. If you have trouble getting all of your pet’s nails clipped in one session, don’t fear. Space out the clippings between boisterous ‘atta boys, nutritious treats, and affection to keep your pet coming back for more.
Tricks of the Trade
To get the job done, you will need the right tool and a little insight into certain trimming techniques. With practice, not only will you gain confidence in your ability to not injure your beloved pet, but your pet’s trust in you will grow, too; making trimming almost enjoyable for everyone involved.
- Restrain your pet – Some pets absolutely detest being man-handled in order to have their nails clipped, and your cat may react with the very claws you are trying to cut. Because of this, it’s advised to simply hold your pet in a comfortable and natural position so that neither of you gets hurt in the process.
- Position the tool – Using either a guillotine or scissor-type tool, place the end of your pet’s nail in the clipper and snip but be careful to not get too close to the quick. If the nail is long, trim in stages if needed until you get the nail down. You can recognize the quick which is characterized by a spongy feel beneath the scissors. Be sure to purchase quality nail clippers and the ones for the size of your pet.
- Keep first aid supplies at hand – Invest in styptic powder so that if you do cut the quick, you can use it to stop the bleeding.
If you want to give your pet a special treat (beyond the sheer pleasure of your companionship), schedule a grooming session for him or her with our grooming experts. You can add your pet’s nail trims to a soothing bath, ear cleaning, and styling, too.