All dogs should receive regular nail trims; this prevents the claws from becoming too sharp and long. Here, your Glendale, AZ veterinarian takes you through the steps for a proper nail trim:

Before Starting

Before beginning, gather your supplies. You’ll need a canine-specific nail trimmer, a styptic powder or pen, and a few dog treats.

Clip the Tips

Sit down with your dog in a quiet, well-lit area to start clipping. Take a paw and extend the nail by gently pressing on the toe and paw pad with your fingers. Carefully snip the tip of the claw; remember, you’re only trying to blunt the tip. There’s no need to go too far!

If you do clip too far down the nail, you may nick the vein that runs into the claw and cause bleeding. This is where your styptic powder or pen comes in; use it until the bleeding stops.

Repeat and Reward

Carefully continue on to each nail, and then each paw. Offer your dog treats after each paw is complete. This will remind him that staying patient during nail trims results in a reward!

Want to let the professionals handle your dog’s manicure? Call your Glendale, AZ vet.