Quick Steps to Clip Fido’s Nails

Unless you have nail trims done professionally by a groomer or a veterinary professional, it’s something you’ll be taking care of at home. And it’s important for your canine friend—when nails grow too long, they can fracture painfully or get snagged! Use these tips from vets Murrieta, CA to trim Fido’s nails the right way. 

Getting Ready

First, gather everything you’ll need in one place. You’ll need a nail clipper (always use one designed for dogs), a styptic powder or pen, and a few tasty dog treats. 

Snip the Tips

Select a paw to begin with. Snip the very tip of one nail; you’re only trying to blunt the end, not cut a large length off. If you snip too far, you’ll snip the blood vessel in the nail and cause bleeding. That’s where your styptic pen comes in. If you can’t stop the bleeding after a few minutes, call your vet. 

Repeat and Offer a Reward

Repeat around that paw and give your dog a treat afterward. Move on to the other paws until all the nails are trimmed, giving treats along the way for a job well done. 

Contact your vet clinic Murrieta, CA for more advice.