How To Trim Your Dog's Nails
Below is a video demonstration of Audrey Lewis, RVT trimming a patient's nails. She completes the following steps:
1. Trim the nail in small sections, shaving just a small amount off each time.
2. Watch for the target, or bulls eye in the center of the nail. This is the end of the quick (nerve/blood supply). Once you see this don't cut any further.
If you trim the nail too short and cut the quick it can be painful to the pet and cause bleeding.
It is important not to cut the nails too close because painful experiences can cause anxiety behaviors during nail trims, such as agitation or aggression. At The Pet Clinic, we try to provide our patients with the best experience possible.
Frequent trimming can shorten the quicks, and allow you to trim your pets nails more often.