Keeping our pets’ claws trimmed and healthy is an important part of owning any animal. However, we no longer have to book in a trip to the groomers to offer up a pawdicure. In fact, we could soon trim our pets’ claws at home without any stress.
Getting the equipment
Thankfully, there isn’t too much you need to get ready to prepare to trim your pets’ claws. The first thing you will need is your clippers. Although you can use regular nail trimmers, most groomers will recommend a pair of professional claw clippers to ensure they are strong enough for the job. Some even come with helpful guides that help to show you how much of the claw you need to trim. Finally, some recommend a file to remove any sharp edges that might be left.
Get them used to the feel
One of the best ways to take away the stress of trimming your pets’ claws is to ensure they are used to you handling their paws. Making sure you pick them up on a regular basis and gently grasp them in your hands is the perfect place to start. Then, gradually introduce them to the clippers. Letting them sniff the tool before holding it near their feet without cutting can help to make the entire situation pass by with ease.
Preparing to cut
You need to have a firm hold on your pets’ paw without gripping too firmly. Then, take your cutters at a 45-degree angle to the claw and prepare to make the first trim. Clippers with guides will be able to help you see how much you should take off. It’s best to take off a small amount each time to ensure the claw doesn’t become too short and to be firm with our clip to make sure it takes off the entire thing at once.
Look for the signs
There are some signs to look out for when deciding how short to trim the claw. There should be a layer of white inside the nail. If you can see this ring, then you know you have achieved a good length. If you can’t see the white, then you know that you can trim a little bit more. Plus, the ring will be easier to spot on darker claws than white ones so be sure to keep an eye out.
Keep corn starch close
Sometimes, accidents can happen and we can cut too close to the quick - the blood vessel in our pets’ claws. If this happens, it’s likely that your pet’s foot will bleed, but don’t worry. All you need to do is have a small container tightly packed witch cornstarch that you can apply to the area. It should stop bleeding fairly quickly to heal up, but if you’re worried, then it’s best to call your vet.
It’s thought we should cut our animals’ claws around every two weeks to keep them the right length, and thankfully, it should now be a lot easier to trim your pets’ claws at home.