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Cutting your dog's nails: why and how?

When they are excessively long, dogs' nails cause a lot of inconveniences that have a direct impact on the animal's health and well-being. Clipping them is therefore an essential gesture, but one that leaves no room for improvisation. Here is how to proceed.

Reasons to trim your dog's nails regularly

In principle, a female dog's nails wear out naturally during walks on hard surfaces such as concrete, paving stones or asphalt. However, if your dog lives in an apartment and doesn't have the chance to take advantage of this natural phenomenon, it will be necessary to trim its nails. If you don't do it, your dog will suffer from ingrown toenails, for example, which are known to be very painful. The dog will also have a different posture and will be very embarrassed when walking. Long nails can also cause bleeding from the paw, infections and other potentially serious complications.

The question now is: when to cut the claws? To find out, you just have to observe your dog first. Basically, when your dog is standing, he should be leaning on his paw pads and not on his claws. If you notice this, or if you notice that your dog's toes are twisted because of his claws, this is a sure sign.

It is very important to note that dogs develop hypersensitivity in their paws. He will not let himself be touched easily and may even express aggression at the time of the operation. To avoid this behavior, you must get him used to having his nails trimmed from a young age. As soon as possible, get him used to handling his paws so that they are less sensitive.

Techniques for clipping a dog's nails

Before starting the operation, remember to equip yourself with the right tool. There is no question of using your classic nail clippers or electrician's clippers on your dog. Use a specific nail clipper available in any pet store or department store. Then check that his paws are clean. If not, clean them.

Then the serious stuff can begin. You will only touch the dead claws of the animal. If the animal has white claws, the dead part will be the one that is not pink indicating the presence of blood vessels. In case of black paws, the exercise is more difficult. You will have to use a lamp to differentiate the dead claws from those which are not. Don't forget to remove the dewclaws on the upper part of the paws at the same time. During this pedicure, have absorbent cotton and hydrogen peroxide on hand to quickly clean any wounds.

Too afraid to act on it and hurt your pet? Instead of clipping, consider filing his nails with electric nail clippers. Or, you can also teach your pet to claw on sandpaper - yes, definitely! It's an effective method and saves him a lot of grief.