Top tips for nail trimming at home

Top tips for nail trimming at home

Six steps for nail trimming at home:

  1. Be prepared – get all of your equipment ready first, including some of your pet’s favourite treats!
  2. It is easier to have your pet in a sitting or lying down position. Cats might feel safer wrapped in a towel.
  3. Hold your pet’s paw and apply gentle pressure to the base of the nail to help move the nail away from the pad (this is particularly helpful in cats.)
  4. Trim the tip of the nail at the point where it curves around. It’s always best to take less rather than too much. Avoid trimming the quick (nail bed) – this can be seen in a white nail (pink tissue) but not so easily in a black nail. Ask us to demonstrate where to trim your pet’s nail’s. If you do happen to cut too far and there is a bit of blood, don’t worry, just use a cake of soap to ‘plug’ the nail and stop the bleeding!
  5. Reward your pet after each nail is trimmed – food treats are great and create a positive experience for your pet.
  6. Don’t forget to trim the dew claws on the inside of each fore-leg (and in some pets, the hind-leg). These nails are easy to miss but are often the longest nails as they are not worn down as your pet walks.

Ask us for more information or for a demonstration. And never feel bad asking us to trim your pet’s nails – we are always here to help!

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