What Is A Dog’s Quick?
If you’re unfamiliar with the term, a dog’s quick refers to a group of blood and nerve vessels located beneath the nails and just atop the canine’s nail bed.
The quick serves as a source of nourishment for strong, healthy nail growth in dogs, and also transmits touch sensations from the pooch’s nails to its brain.
How Can You Tell Where A Dog’s Quick Is?
In order for you to avoid cutting your dog’s quick when trimming its nails, it is important that you get familiar with the location of the quick in a canine’s nails.
For White-Colored Nails
The quick is relatively easy to identify in dogs with white nails. And it manifests as a pink or pale region in the center of the doggie’s white nails – like a nail within a nail.
For Dark-Colored Nails
Identifying the location of the quick for doggies with dark nails is near impossible, due to the coloration of the nails.
You can guess the location of the quick in a dark-colored nail by looking into the center of the unclipped nail; The presence of a small, black circle indicates the beginning of the quick.
If the circle isn’t visible initially, clip off a tiny part of your doggie’s nails and take a look again. You’re to repeat this process till the small, black circle indicating the presence of the quick becomes visible, after which you should stop cutting.
How To Know When A Dog’s Nails Are Due For Cutting?
Below are some tell-tale signs that you need to bring out the cutting tool and trim Fido’s nails:
- Awkward walking steps.
- Nail scratches found on the floor.
- The nails become weak and break easily.
- The dog becomes wary of walking on hard and smooth surfaces.
Step-By-Step Guide To Cutting A Dog’s Nails
Cutting your beloved pooch’s nails for the first time can be difficult for you and confusing for your pooch. Not to worry, here is a quick guide to cutting the nails.
Choosing A Cutting Tool
You will most likely be presented with two general choices when it comes to choosing a cutting tool to trim your dog’s nails, and this can either be the nail clipper or nail grinder.
Nail clippers involve the use of stainless steel blades to cut portions of a dog’s nails.
Nail grinders, on the other hand, employ the use of a high-powered motor to grind on, and subsequently reduce the length of a doggie’s nails – think of it as a sandpaper powered by an engine.
Both options carry out the task of reducing a dog’s nail length quite effectively, and your choice of a cutting product will most likely, come down to personal preference, budget and your doggie’s personality.
In addition to the nail cutters, you may also need a pair of scissors to trim the hair around the doggie’s nails, a nail file to smoothen rough edges and baking soda to stop bleeding.
Ensure Your Dog Is Calm
Dogs may naturally become agitated at the sight of a cutting blade, hence it’s imperative that you keep your furry friend calm, if you’re to trim its nails without stress.
It can help to have some of your dog’s favorite treats, toys or clothing with a familiar scent around, to reassure your pooch; This also helps your doggie associate the process of nail trimming with treats, thereby making the process even smoother in future.
Cutting The Dog’s Nails
Below are the steps to take to cut a dog’s nails:
- Try lifting and holding your doggie’s paws to determine its level of satisfaction with you handling its paws.
- If your dog seems nervous or worried, you may need to reassure it with treats and toys.
- Examine the nails to determine the location of the quick; This, you can do, following the steps detailed above.
- Place the cutting tool, either at the edge of the nail or at a 45-degree angle, and cut gently.
- Only cut off small bits of nail at a time.
- Ensure you trim only one nail at a time.