Regular nail trimming is part of a well-rounded pet care routine. However, taking your pet to a groomer or vet office every 2-4 weeks can be costly and time consuming. A typical nail trim can range from $20-$25 and that adds up quickly.
In an effort to ease this burden, we’ll go into how to create a wonderful at-home nail trimming regimen. For around $5-$10, you can be equipped with the tools to keep your pet’s paws prim and proper. A nail trimmer can be purchased at your local pet supply store or online.
To ensure the safest and best results, it’s important to have someone assist by holding your pet. You’ll want to place your pet laterally, which means placing the pet on its side.
Select the paw you’re beginning with and, using your thumb, press into the center of the paw pad. This will separate the nails from each other and make them more easily accessible.
Before cutting, taking note of “the quick” in each nail. The quick is the blood vein in each nail and should not be cut, as it will bleed. If you accidentally hit the quick, having styptic powder on hand will stop the bleeding. If you don’t have any on hand, using a little flour will stop the bleeding.
White nails are semi-translucent, so the quick will be obvious, but it’s more difficult to see in black nails. When cutting black nails, it’s best to cut a little at a time to avoid injuring your pet.
Pro Tip: Walking your dog on cement will act as a natural nail filer and give you a little more time between nail trims.