How to Trim Your Dog’s Nails at Home

For most dog owners, nail trims are a part of life. That doesn’t mean they’re necessarily easy! Use these tips from a Cy-Fair veterinarian to trim your dog’s nails at home.

Get Your Supplies

First, get together everything you’ll need for a successful nail trim. That includes a canine-specific pair of clippers (never use trimmers designed for humans or other animals!), a styptic powder or pen, and a few tasty dog treats.

Snip the Tips

Select a paw to start with and snip the very tip of one nail. You’re only trying to blunt it—there’s no need to clip very far down. If you clip too far, you’ll cut the vein and cause bleeding; this is where your styptic pen or powder comes in. If you can’t stop the bleeding, call your vet’s office immediately.


Work your way around Fido’s entire paw, then offer a dog treat to teach him that remaining still and calm for nail trims gets him a reward. Then, repeat with the remaining paws until you’re all done.

Need help with Fido’s nail trims? We can take care of that for you. Set up your dog’s next appointment with your veterinary clinic Cy-Fair today.