Why Are Poodle’s Feet Shaved?
Hair tends to get very long in your Poodle’s feet without proper maintenance since they do not shed a lot. It grows over the foot and in between the pads and it can cause knotting and matting if left unkempt.
Your pooch can start to nibble on it if it gets too uncomfortable to walk, the same way a stone will feel if it got between our toes. This, in turn, may lead to bleeding and infection later.
Groomers will usually shave the Poodle’s feet from the toes up to around the base of the big pad in the middle of the paw. The area between the toes and pads is also shaved being careful not to injure the web between the toes.
Keeping them short allows a cleaner look and makes grooming much easier. This also makes it easier to check for cuts and wounds around the paw area.
Dog grooming clippers with a #10, #15, #30, and #40 blade are used with the #10 being the safest to use when you are a beginner and doing it at home, while the #40 blades are usually used for dog show Poodles.
Also, light-colored Poodles are more prone to clipper irritation so a closer shave may not be ideal.
How Do You Cut A Poodle’s Nails?
Nails should be clipped just above the quick of the nail which is where the veins are located. It runs along the core of the nail and clipping beyond this will cause bleeding. The quick is easier to pinpoint on lighter claws where it is pink-colored, but it is where the natural “v” usually ends.
Start trimming at the tip of the nail first with dog nail clippers and work your way on the sides. Cut a little bit at a time to prevent injuring your Poodle.
It should be noted that the more you trim the nail, the shorter they will be because of the quick retracts back up. After trimming, you can use a Dremel or a nail file to even out the edges.