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Trimming Your Pets Nails

Published on 03 Mar 2022
Trimming Your Pets Nails | Woonona Petfood & Produce


Nail trimming is an important part of your pets grooming routine, and regular cutting is essential for maintaining their health. We have put together some advice, tips and tricks to make trimming your dog’s nails a positive experience!


Why do I need to trim my dog’s nails?

Dogs need their nails trimmed regularly because if their nails get too long they can split, break or bleed. In more extreme cases, they can curl back into the pad which is not only painful and uncomfortable, but can lead to infection. Long nails also put your dog at higher risk of getting them caught on a foreign object and tearing them. They can also affect the way your dog walks.


How often do I need to trim them?

How often you need to trim your dog’s nails varies depending on how quickly they grow and whether they are inside or outside dogs. Indoor dogs may require trimming as regularly as every few weeks, while outdoor dogs require less frequent trimming as they wear them down naturally on rough surfaces. 


How do I trim my dog’s nails?

You can use standard style pet nail scissors, which are available in small or large to suit the size of your dog. You can also use guillotine style pet nail trimmers, which have a stationary hole that stabilizes the nail while the blade cuts through. Both are good options, you just need to make sure your dog is comfortable. Once they are ready, you can gently hold the toe between your fingers and trim the end of their nail. It is very important you only trim a small amount as to stay well away from the live quick. The quick is where the nerves and blood vessels are, and cutting into this will cause pain and alot of bleeding, so make sure you avoid it. 

Our top tips:

  • Don’t rush - take your time, be patient and calm
  • Practice makes perfect - handle their paws regularly to get them used to having their paws touched
  • Praise them - give them treats while trimming so they associate trimming with something positive
  • Cut the nail only - you only need to trim the nail, not the quick. It is important not to cut through the quick as this will cause bleeding
  • Less not more - if your dog has black nails and you’re unsure where the quick is, cut small silvers until you see the pink center. It is better to be safe than sorry!
  • Many pet parents in Australia regularly trim their dog’s nails successfully, but it is totally understandable to feel anxious if it is your first time. If you don’t feel comfortable and would rather leave it to the professionals, you can book an appointment at your local groomer or vet. You can also come in and visit us at Woonona Petfoods, where one of our pet experts would be more than happy to give you some extra advice!

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