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Nail Clipping Your Dog
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  • Every animal is different, but chances are that within a week or two of daily foot massage, your dog will be better able to tolerate a trim. Here’s how to do it:

    • Begin by spreading each of your dog’s feet to inspect for dirt and debris.
    • Use sharp, guillotine-type nail clippers to cut off the tip of each nail at a slight angle, just before the point where it begins to curve.
    • Take care to avoid the quick, a vein that runs into the nail. This pink area can be seen through the nail. If your dog has black nails, however, the quick will not be as easily discernible, so be extra careful.
    • If you do accidentally cut into the quick, it may bleed, in which case you can apply some styptic powder to stop the bleeding.
    • Once the nails have been cut, use an emery board to smooth any rough edges.