Get Answers To Important Questions About Dog Nail Trimming

Written by Teresa James,

Trimming your dog’s nails is not usually considered sharing “quality time” with your beloved pet. But when done often enough, withrepparttar proper technique, and rewards for your dog’s good behavior, it should be one of those regular grooming events that your dog will tolerate if not look forward to.

If not done often enough, with proper technique, and reward- training, it can be frightening and even painful for your dog. In this article are answers to many common dog nail clipping questions as well as tips on proper equipment and technique that will give yourepparttar 125815 advantage when you approach this simple home dog-grooming necessity.

Is dog nail trimming painful to my dog?

Dog nail trimming is not painful if you use a sharp nail trimmer and don’t cliprepparttar 125816 nails too short. A dull trimmer can put a lot of pressure on your dog's toenail before it actually cuts throughrepparttar 125817 nail. If this happens your dog may feel an uncomfortable pinching sensation. This is becauserepparttar 125818 vein inrepparttar 125819 toenail is being squeezed. To avoid this always make sure that you're using a sharp pet nail trimmer.

What tools do I need to trim my dog’s nails?

You will want to have a sharp clipper designed for dog nail trimming. Dogs come in all sizes so choose a nail trimmer that’s right forrepparttar 125820 size of your pet’s nails. The most common types of nail trimmers arerepparttar 125821 guillotine, pliers and scissor styles.

Guillotine style dog nail trimmers require thatrepparttar 125822 dog’s nail be inserted through a hole inrepparttar 125823 top ofrepparttar 125824 trimmer. Asrepparttar 125825 handles are squeezed togetherrepparttar 125826 blade comes down and cuts throughrepparttar 125827 nail. Many people find guillotine style clippers more difficult to use on large breed dogs. Thicker nails can be more difficult to insert intorepparttar 125828 guide hole inrepparttar 125829 clipper. These dog nail trimmers have a cutting blade that must be changed frequently to maintain a nice clean cut.

Pliers style dog nail trimmers work similar to pruning shears. The two notched blades surround and cut throughrepparttar 125830 nail asrepparttar 125831 handles are squeezed together. Some people like this style because they can see exactly whererepparttar 125832 blade will cut throughrepparttar 125833 nail. If you have a large dog this type of trimmer works great on thick nails.

Just make sure to select a heavy-duty clipper designed to cut throughrepparttar 125834 thick toenails of your large breed dog. Pliers style trimmers are available for small, medium and large dogs. These dog nail trimmers don’t have blades that need to be replaced but they do need to be sharpened when they become dull.

Scissor style dog nail trimmers work just like a pair of scissors. The two scissor-like notched blades surround and cut throughrepparttar 125835 nail asrepparttar 125836 handles are closed. These clippers are for light duty jobs only. These are not actually dog nail trimmers. They are best used for cats, birds and other small animals. Some people do use them on small dogs. They’re usually labeled as cat/bird claw clippers.

The style you choose for your dog nail trimming needs is a matter of personal preference. Ifrepparttar 125837 clipper isrepparttar 125838 correct size it will getrepparttar 125839 job done. Just remember to keep your nail trimmer sharp so that it makes a fast clean cut. A dull clipper can pinchrepparttar 125840 nail, which will result in discomfort to your dog.

In addition to good quality nail trimmers, it is also recommended to have a pet nail file. You’ll find that it is much easier to file down any rough edges with a nail file that has been designed forrepparttar 125841 shape of your dog’s nails.

Next onrepparttar 125842 list is styptic powder. It’s always a good idea to have it on hand for those occasional mishaps. A nail clipped just a little too short tends to bleed a lot. Applying some styptic powder will help stoprepparttar 125843 bleeding.

Finally, keep plenty of dog treats on hand to reward good behavior. You can also use dog treats to distract your pet during dog nail trimming. Treats work great to draw a dog's attention away from a bleeding nail.

Why do my dog’s nails need to be trimmed regularly?

When a dog’s nails become too long they interfere withrepparttar 125844 dog’s gait and asrepparttar 125845 nails continue to grow, walking will become awkward and painful. Untrimmed nails can also split resulting in a great deal of pain, bleeding, and a trip torepparttar 125846 veterinarian’s office. In severe cases a dog’s nails can curl under and grow intorepparttar 125847 pad ofrepparttar 125848 dog’s paw causing a very serious and painful infection. These types of ingrown nail problems are most common onrepparttar 125849 dewclaws.

The dewclaws arerepparttar 125850 nails located onrepparttar 125851 inside ofrepparttar 125852 paw. Many breeders haverepparttar 125853 dewclaws removed shortly after puppies are born, so not all dogs will have dewclaws. If your dog has them remember to include them in your dog nail trimming routine. These nails don’t touchrepparttar 125854 ground, so they don’t wear down as fast asrepparttar 125855 others as your dog walks on rough surfaces. Trimming your dog’s nails regularly will easily prevent these problems.

How do I know when my dog’s nails need to be trimmed?

When your dog’s nails are beginning to curve is one indication that your dog’s nails need a trim. And if you hear a clicking or tapping sound as your dog walks across a bare floor it’s definitely time for a nail trimming. But it is best not to wait that long – once or twice a month is usually a good rule of thumb for dog nail trimming.

If you let your dog’s nails grow too long then it could take some time to get them back to a healthy length again. Regularly trimmingrepparttar 125856 tips of your dog’s nails isrepparttar 125857 best approach. Some dogs walk and run on rough surfaces and are able to wear down their nails, but most dogs will need some help. You will get to know how fast your dog’s nails grow if you routinely inspect your pet’s nails.

Even if you don’t actually trim them each time, regular inspection will help assure that your dog’s feet stay healthy. So, make nail inspection and trimming an important part of your dog’s routine grooming.

When should I start trimming my dog’s nails?

If you’re starting with a puppyrepparttar 125858 answer is as soon as you bring your new puppy home. If you have an adult or an older dogrepparttar 125859 answer is pretty muchrepparttar 125860 same – right now. If you start early it probably will not take too long for your puppy to adjust to a nail trimming routine. Make a habit of handling your puppy’s feet everyday. Nail trimming will be much easier if your puppy doesn’t mind having his feet handled.

Adult dogs, just like people, are usually set in their ways. So if your adult dog initially resists getting his nails trimmed you will most likely need to spend a lot more time getting him used torepparttar 125861 procedure. As with a puppy, it’s a good idea to start getting your dog used to having his feet handled before you attempt to clip your dog’s nails. Be very patient and don’t rush intorepparttar 125862 procedure.

Dog Rescue: Is it Right for You?

Written by Blake Kritzberg

Ever had a hankering for a certain breed of dog? Not an obsession, mind you notrepparttar sort of longing that would send you rushing to a breeder, thousand-dollar-bill in your sweaty palm but just a gentle appreciation forrepparttar 125814 virtues ofrepparttar 125815 Poodle, Pug or Pyrenean Mastiff?

Let's say you have -- but you thought buying a purebred pup was a less-than-ideal use of your family's resources. If that'srepparttar 125816 case, it might be time to look up your local Dog Rescue organization! Dog Rescues are organized by breed, so prospective parents can sign up to be notified when new poodles or pugs come in.

What'srepparttar 125817 advantage of adopting a rescue dog, instead of a breeder pup? A rescue dog isn't always cheaper thanrepparttar 125818 breeder's (though it usually is). The main difference is this: your money equals a new life for a dog that completely lost out on his first roll ofrepparttar 125819 dice.

*How do I adopt a Rescue Dog?

Dog rescue organizations are volunteer-driven, and loosely organized. Your best bet is to 'Google' forrepparttar 125820 one nearest you, usingrepparttar 125821 breed name. So poodle lovers can search for 'Poodle Rescue' or 'Poodle Rescue Florida,' if they live down south.

Once you find an organization, you'll want to apply as an adoptive parent. This may involve a down payment. It also usually involves a form in which you describe your history of animal ownership, and supply references. You'll provide some information on your beliefs about dog discipline, your house and yard, and where you plan to keep your newest family member.

The dog rescue foster moms and will want to talk to you in person, too, to get a feel for your compatibility with their particular pup.

*What will I pay for a Rescue Dog?

On average, you'll pay between $200 and $300. If you thought "rescue" adoption was cheap, this might seem like a lot, butrepparttar 125822 fact is it simply covers basic procedures to bringrepparttar 125823 animal back to health. Most dogs arrive atrepparttar 125824 Rescue with skin problems, tartar-coated teeth, out-of-date vaccinations, possible parasites and other issues.

*How will a Rescue Dog differ from a breeder or pet store dog?

In a number of ways. Your new adoptee is likely to be:

Older. Few dogs are rescued as puppies. A few are 'adolescent.' The vast majority are middle-aged.

Cautious. Your adoptee may have a lot of fear and yes, grief, to process. If he felt like a part of his former family, he may be grieving his sudden "ejection." He may need time and patience to take an interest in food, play, or his general surroundings. If he was starved or kept isolated, he'll need time and patience to learn to socialize.

"Readable." Buying a puppy means taking a wild guess atrepparttar 125825 eventual adult. When you rescue a grown dog, you get a much better idea of his personality. It's easier to makerepparttar 125826 perfect match.

*Am Irepparttar 125827 right type of owner for a Rescue Dog?

An important question! You,repparttar 125828 owner, arerepparttar 125829 last and most crucial link in a chain. The chain's only purpose is provide a "happily-ever-after" for a dog that desperately deserves one. Can you be that happily-ever-after, even for a dog that may have some rough edges?

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