Tips for Better Nail Care

Thursday, 17 June 2010 15:53 by Dr. Sarah

Nail trimming is a vital part of your pet’s healthcare routine. Unfortunately, it’s often neglected as many pet parents never receive any training about the best method for trimming nails safely. Watch this short video for helpful tips for better nail care.

When your pet’s nails are clicking on the hardwood floor, snagging clothing or carpet, or scratching the furniture, it is time for a trimming. Nail trimming is an important part of your pet’s healthcare. Without it, pet’s nails can overgrow into paw pads, be torn off accidentally or interfere with walking. You can keep cat nails in check by providing a scratching post. Unfortunately, many dogs and cats simply do not get enough activity to wear their nails down. For the health of their digits, regular nail trimming is required.

If you have your pet groomed regularly, then the groomers will take care of this task. Many pet parents are interested in the convenience and cost savings of trimming their pet’s nails at home, but have no idea where to begin. In most cases, owners who are able-bodied and have relatively well-behaved pets can save some money and trim their pet’s nails at home. There are some pets, however, who are not amenable to nail trimming; in these cases, it’s best left to the professionals, for everyone’s safety.

In this video, Dr. Sarah shows you the tools and the techniques you need to effectively trim dog and cat nails at home.

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July 10. 2010 07:43

joan D

Great video however Dr Sarah talks too fast, although she mentioned the name of the powder several times I never could hear the name clearly and still dont have it. She muffles her words by talking fast.

joan D

July 13. 2010 14:59

emily

It is called styptic powder

emily

July 21. 2010 08:48

Claire Lemire

@ joan D:

Yes it is styptic powder.  Years ago men would use styptic powder to stop a facial bleed after shaving with a razor blade.

Claire Lemire

July 21. 2010 08:52

Claire Lemire

I didn't think she talked too fast, perfect for me.  It was clear and precise and had good detail content.  In some videos that need more clarification, I just back up the arrow or dot to play again or pause it to write it down.  Try that.  

Claire Lemire

August 16. 2010 09:31

Louise Gallagher

I prefer to have my baby's nails dremeled approximately every four weeks by a professional as I have a difficult time seeing the quick.

Louise Gallagher

August 19. 2010 13:54

STephanie

Great Video! This has always been tricky for me. I am going to go and try her tips now.

STephanie

September 1. 2010 18:38

SLRKennels

Speaking as a professional groomer/teacher/dog handler & trainer, it is far better to grind the nail and finish with a smooth file, and should be done every 4 to 6 weeks depending on the growth pattern of the nail.....cp

SLRKennels

October 1. 2010 20:28

Janet

Thank you for the good, clear advice on how to clip your dog or cat's toenails.  As dog breeders, we start playing with our puppies' toes and getting them used to clipping even before they go to their new homes.  But if your dog or cat is unfamiliar with it, you may have to spend some time with your pet, and reward them for good behavior, just like Dr. Sarah suggests.  Thanks again!
Janet Roberts  

Janet

July 9. 2013 03:58

nick

That is seriously fun. Thank you for the info.

nick

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