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Doggy manicure: Cutting and Grinding Nails

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We hope that there is no need to explain why nails have to be properly trimmed. Too long nails may cause discomfort, may even break and cause pain and inflammation, and eventually may lead to skeletal damage. At the same time trimming nails is something that you can easily built in to your grooming routine. Some people prefer doing it by themselves: not only this saves time and money, but it also allows for some extra time together taking care of your best friend. For other people taking their doggy to a good grooming salon works very well.

There are two kinds of instruments you can use — cutters that can be scissor-style or guillotine-style and grinders.

Cutting nails with proper clippers is quick and effective. Additional features like depth-limiter and oversized handle for better grip make the job even easier. Cutting may work better for larger dogs as it may take too long to grind larger nails. For best results we would recommend filing or grinding after cutting for a smoother nail tip.

Grinding nails has a few advantages:

  • There is no risk of cutting too far and therefore hurting your munchkin. Both Iggy and Enzo simply pull paw back when we get too close to the quick. And therefore the whole procedure, although may take a bit longer as opposed to cutting, is not associated with painful accidents.
  • Grinding leaves the tip of the nail smooth and therefore more resistant to water, snow, dirt, fraying. In the end you have a healthier nail and a happier dog.
  • If you use a nail grinder with a removable cap like this Furminator Nail Grinder, you may want to remove the cap and work around the tip of the nail. This will leave you with an even smoother finish that will be nice to the touch and will not scratch clothes and surfaces. Make sure that hair doesn't not get onto the grinding band. 

We recommend to start as early as possible. Just like with brushing teeth and other grooming procedures, the earlier you begin and the more often you do it the more comfortable you and your dog will be.

Today we did Iggy's nails right at the store and it only took a few minutes. He is very used to the grinder and often falls asleep during the procedure. His nails are light-colored so we could see the quick too. However, you do not have to trim to the quick. Nails only need to be short enough not to touch the surface the dog is standing on.

As always we are here to help with any questions, even if they are not store-related. Stop by the store to speak with us in person or give us a call or send an email. You can find our contact information at the bottom of this page.


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