Clipping Dogs Nails

United States
November 12, 2008 8:36am CST
How many of you clip your own dogs nails. I have two dogs, ones nails pretty much sort themselves out, but the Bassett Hound has monsterous nails that don't behave like normal nails. Traditionally people say that you cut nails back until you see a littl white spot in the middle which means you are getting close to the quick (the part that hurts/bleeds if you cut it) My dog has these huge hollow nails where if you look at the end of them they look like a circle of nail with old tissue in the middle. Bacause they are white, it is hard to tell how far I can cut them back. Any suggestions?
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@fedge098 (1331)
• Philippines
12 Nov 08
There are two possible suggestion that came in my mind as I read your post, (1) don't cut their nails, or they'll bleed. I think it would be better if the nails grow the normal way. The same as I do with our pets. Another (2) is that you should ask for professional assistance - find a pet groomer or a veterinarian that would make sure trimming your pet's nails are done safely. It would only cost you some money, though. I hope this short and simple tips be of some help to you.
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• United States
12 Nov 08
The problem is that his nails are so thich that they don't wear down normally, and they get so big that they start to spread his pads and make walking painfull. We have taken him to groomers, but the will only cut them back so far, and paying $20 a week to keep ahead of his nail is a bit beyond me. For a while we would actually just let them grow and then evey couple of months we would take him to the vet who would use anesthesia and then cut them back all the way (quick and all) This ended up costing about $100 but it was cheaper and more effective than all the groomer visits. Right now I am so cheap that I am again trying to do it myself, and Have just gotten him so he will let me cut the nails. I am afraid if I quick him, he won't let me do it anymore.
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@sidyboy (284)
• United States
12 Nov 08
Nail trimming is very important, and the lenght of the nails should be checked on a regular basis to make sure they're not getting too long. Long nails can cause walking problems, and they can also get so long that they curl and actually grow into the dogs skin- not a pretty sight. First of all, don't take a lot off the nail when you clip- just take of the tips. Tipping the nails weekly will help the quik (the vein inside the nail) retract- that way the following week when you tip the nail, you wont hit the quick. Before you trim the nails though- go to the pet store and get some quik stop. This is a powder that you put on the nail in case it does start to bleed- it stops the bleeding. There are some cases where you trim the dogs nails and not a drop of blood is seen, but then the dog gets on a hard surface such as cement or tile, and the nail will then bleed- so having quik stop around is best.
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@biggerb (2030)
• India
13 Nov 08
My dog's nails have grown quite a bit and forever we are getting scrathed by him.We have tried clipping his nails and every time he bleeds.Its so painful to see him bleed.Now he is so scared the he never allows anyone to go near him with the nail cutter.I even asked my vet to help and he also made him bleed.I hope I can find some clue from your responses.
@katkat (2379)
• Philippines
13 Nov 08
Before when he's still a puppy I cut his nails but now that he's a grown up dog I'm afraid that I might hurt him and bite me. I tried to send him to a vet to have his nails clip although it is kind of expensive I am sure that he's in good hands and safe of bleeding.
• United States
13 Nov 08
I cut make own dogs nails. The trick is to take it slowly. Cut a little bit off the end over and over again until you can see the quick. You can also get a dermal to use if you do not want to use a clippers. This way you can just grind a little bit off each time you do it.
@kaka135 (13444)
• Malaysia
12 Nov 08
I don't help my dog to clip her nails, as she always dig the soil and her nails will be 'trimmed' nicely by herself. I bought a nail clipper when she was young, thinking of clipping her nails for her. The groomer taught us to cut off the white part, as in never cut the red part in the middle. She told us, usually just cut a little bit only. Perhaps you can bring your dog for washing or grooming and ask the groomer to teach you how to cut your dogs' nails.
@lisa0502 (1726)
• Canada
12 Nov 08
I would have to say just cut them as far back as you think you can. You can buy some stuff to stop the bleeding if you accidently cut the quick. If you can not afford that stuff then you can also use flour to stop the bleeding. Even breeders and vets have cut the quick upon occasion don't feel bad if you do by accident. Good luck I hope this helps.