Letting your pets nails become too long can be uncomfortable at best, and harmful at worst.
At Pet & Vet we often see pets with nails so long they have curled into the soft pad causing the nail to twist against the floor and even penetrate the pad creating a painful wound.
Not only could long nails cause pain and lead to permanent issues with the animal's foot, long toenails can make everyday walking (and running) difficult for your cat or dog.
If you think your pets nails need to be trimmed, no worries! Long nails of any size, shape, and color can be gotten back into shape with a little patience and some good nail clippers.
There are a few things you can do to make your pet’s nail clipping day a pleasant experience for both of you.
- Be sure the clippers are sharp and effective
- Be confident and make a good quick cut, and have the animals paw held firmly- hesitation can mean making a mistake
- Be careful not to cut them too short. For animals with white nails, you can clearly see where the pink 'quick' begins. This will bleed if cut and can be painful for your pet- you must cut well below this point.
Gently push the paw between your thumb and finger and the nails will become more exposed. Cutting black nails can be a little trickier as the quick is not visible. Don't forget the hidden dew claw further up the paw, these are often forgotten and as they're not worn down or used as much they can grow quickly.
If you feel you're not confident enough to tackle this task, or perhaps your pet is a little hard to handle, the staff at Pet & Vet are just a phone call away!
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