Clipping Your Dog’s Nails at Home

Nail trims are a part of life for just about all dogs. Ready to try clipping your canine companion’s claws at home? Use these quick steps from veterinarians Jacksonville, FL.

The Set-Up

First, gather your supplies in a quiet, well-lit area of the home where you’ll be performing Fido’s nail trim. You’ll need a set of nail clippers designed specifically for dogs, a styptic powder or pen to staunch bleeding, and a few dog treats.

Clip the Tips

Sit down with your dog and take one paw in your hand. Gently snip the tip of one claw. Don’t snip too far, or you’ll cut the blood vessel running into your dog’s nail and cause bleeding. If you do accidentally clip too far, your styptic powder is on hand to stop any bleeding quickly.

Repeat and Reward

Work your way around to each nail, taking breaks in between each paw if necessary. Don’t forget to reward your dog with a few tasty dog treats after clipping time is over—this will teach him that sitting still for nail trims warrants a reward!

Need help trimming your pooch’s nails? We’re always here to help. Call your animal hospital Jacksonville, FL today.

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