Before and After Dog Nail TrimDespite how important it is, trimming a dogs nails is an often overlooked step in grooming and regular dog care.

When a dog’s nails get too long, they will put pressure on the toe joints eventually either getting sore or causing, which is painful and can sometimes lead to nasty infection.

So how do you know exactly where to cut the nail?

A routinely manicured nail is healthy and only needs to be maintained, scissor trimmers and a grinder just tipping the nails enough to remain even and comfortable on a flat surface when the dog is standing on all four legs. Round the tips, smoothing them off nice and dull.

When the nails haven’t been maintained so well, the quick of the nail needs to be trained. Cut back a little more each time as the nail heals healthy, eventually  length. I do not recommend cutting a extremely long nail in one session.


What if you trim the nail too close and cut the sensitive quick? How do I stop the bleeding?

In my world, every dog should be bathed regularly, but in the real world I understand that is not always the case and there are reasonable situations where this doesn’t happen. Still this does not mean one should neglect the nails… Nail trims are done at most grooming shops, vets, home groomers, there are even mobile nail trimmers.

Tools and supplies that you will need
I prefer the gilatine style but you must keep them sharp, the scissor style is good for quick maintenance or the tips. I recommend always using a grinder to round the edges and keep them from splintering. Styptic powder or a styptic pencil, which can be purchased at most major pet stores and pharmacies. Be AWARE, however, that styptic powder will provide an initial sting, so be prepared to hold onto the dog firmly while applying.