How to trim your pet’s nails:
When trimming your pet’s nails at home, there are 3 strict requirements:
1. A cooperative pet
2. A motivated pet owner
3. A pet owner who is confident to perform the task
Nail care is extremely important. Unhealthy, untrimmed nails can result in pain and discomfort. It's not uncommon for long nails to become caught in carpet, blankets or clothing, or grow into the footpad causing infection.
A dog's nail is made up of hard, dead keratin with a blood vessel (the ‘quick’) that runs through the centre. In light-coloured nails, the quick is visible. In dark-coloured nails, the quick is not visible. When trimming nails, always leave a couple of millimetres from the tip of the quick. In dark-coloured nails, you know when you are close to the quick by a darker circle that appears at the centre of the nail.
There are many types of nail clippers such as scissors, pliers, guillotine or grinders. It is important for you to find the tool that you and your pet are most comfortable with. If at all nervous about performing a nail trim, always seek veterinary attention.