Clipping your dog’s nails can be easier said than done. It’s an essential part of Fido’s grooming routine, though! Use these three easy steps from a Carmel, IN vet to clip your pooch’s claws:

Step 1

First, gather your supplies. You’ll need a canine-specific nail trimmer, styptic powder or pen to staunch any bleeding, and a few dog treats. When you’re ready, sit down with your pooch in a quiet, well-lit area.

Step 2

Take one of your dog’s paws and extend the claws. Gently snip the tip with the clippers, only blunting the end. If you clip too far, you’ll cause bleeding—this is where your styptic powder will come in if needed. Proceed to all claws on your dog’s paw.

Step 3

Work your way around to all of your canine companion’s paws, clipping the nails to approximately the same length. Try rewarding your pet with a dog treat after each paw is completed; this will let him know that being patient and still results in a reward!

Do you need help clipping your dog’s claws? Don’t hesitate to call your pet clinic Carmel, IN for advice or to set up a nail-clipping appointment. We’re here for you!