Clipping Your Dog’s Claws

Did you know that overgrown claws can be very problematic for our canine pals? Long nails can be very uncomfortable for dogs to walk on, just as they are for us. Your pet may change his gait a bit to compensate. This can put additional stress on his bones, joints, and muscles, which can aggravate or contribute to painful health issues, such as arthritis. Dogs can also tear their nails, which can sometimes lead to infection. Read on as a Livonia, MI vet discusses clipping your dog’s claws.


If you plan to cut Fido’s claws yourself, you may want to invest in clippers with sensors. These take the guesswork out of the process, as they will indicate exactly where to cut. Of course, you can also use regular clippers. We also recommend keeping styptic powder on hand, just in case.

Making The Cut

If you are using regular clippers, you will want to start by making thin slices. Look at each clipping. When you start to see a pale oval appear, that’s where you will want to stop cutting. You can also ask your vet to demonstrate proper techniques. You don’t want to cut too close, as you could cut into the quick. This is where Fido’s nerves and blood vessels end. Cutting the quick will cause pain and bleeding for your canine pal. You definitely don’t want that! If your four-legged friend’s claws aren’t trimmed regularly, the quick will actually grow along with your pet’s claws.


As noted above, it’s important to keep your dog’s claws trimmed. However, Fido isn’t necessarily a big fan of getting peticures. One thing you can do is work on desensitizing your pooch. Teach him that he’ll get a yummy treat for giving you his paw. This should help quite a bit! Once your furry buddy associates having his paws handled with getting a treat, start running the clippers over his toes before you give him his snack. It’s also important to always give Fido treats and praise when you clip his claws.


If you are nervous about cutting your canine friend’s claws yourself, just contact us to set up a quick peticure for him. We are happy to help!

Do you need to schedule a nail trim for your pup? Contact us, your local Livonia, MI pet hospital, today! We are dedicated to providing excellent care!

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