Trimming our dog’s nails is important for a number of reasons. When you hear your dog’s nails tapping on the floor when he/she walks, then it’s definitely time for a nail trim. When a dog’s nails tap on hard surfaces, it pushes their nail back up into their nail bed. This can be extremely painful for your pooch because it can put pressure on your dog’s toe joints. It could also force your dog’s toes to twist to the side, resulting in soreness or even arthritis.
Before I talk about how to clip your dog’s nails, you must know what’s inside of them. Underneath your dog’s nail is a quick. The quick provides the blood supply to the nail. Our main goal when trimming our dog’s nails is to avoid cutting the quick. If you do, you will see blood gushing out of your dog’s nail. This is extremely painful for your dog. I cannot stress enough how sensitive this part is.
While cutting a dog’s white nails is typically done with one cut per nail, that’s not necessarily the case for black nails. Since it’s easier to see a visual aid, I have included a great video that highlights cutting black nails.
Watch how LakesVeterinaryHospital safely cuts this dog’s nails this in their step by step tutorial so you can feel more comfortable about trimming your pets nails!