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Clipping Fido’s Claws

May 1 2016

Does your dog make a clicking sound when he walks across a floor? If so, your pooch may need a peticure! Keeping Fido’s nails clipped is very important. If your canine buddy’s nails get too long, they can become quite uncomfortable for him. As a result, your beloved pet may have to adjust his stride to compensate. This can be very bad for his bones and joints, and, over time, can even lead or contribute to painful medical problems, such as arthritis and hip dysplasia. Read on as a Myrtle Beach, SC vet offers advice on trimming your dog’s nails.

Making The Cut

If you’ve never clipped your dog’s claws before, you may want to invest in clippers that are equipped with sensors. These will indicate exactly where to cut, which can make the process much easier for you. Of course, regular clippers will also work: you’ll just need to proceed a bit more carefully. If you’re using regular clippers, start by making shallow cuts. Take a close look at each clipping. When you start seeing a pale oval appear, that’s where you’ll want to stop.


Many people are uneasy about trimming their dogs’ claws themselves, and with good reason. If you do cut too far, you may cut into the quick, which is where your canine friend’s nerves and blood vessels end. This can hurt Fido a bit, and can also cause bleeding. Keep styptic powder or a styptic pen on hand, just in case. If, after applying the product, the bleeding continues, contact your vet.


You may need to get your pup used to having his nails trimmed. At first, start by just gently handling your dog’s toes and claws. Incorporate praise, treats, and belly rubs, so your furry pal forms a positive association with his peticures. When you do trim Fido’s nails, you don’t have to do all of his paws at once. Just do one foot at a time, and keep rotating.


Of course, if you’re really nervous about clipping Fido’s nails, you can always just call us to schedule a quick nail trim appointment for your four-legged buddy. We are always here to help! Does your pooch need a nail trim? Is Fido due for vaccinations or an exam? Call us, your Myrtle Beach, SC animal clinic, today. We are happy to provide your pet with excellent veterinary care.

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