Nails and hair are similar in the composition in biological behavior. Both constantly are growing. Overly long nails can pose threat for your pet. Nails can grow so long that they actually curl around and penetrate the skin. Think of ingrown toenail. It is painful and can be a source of infection. Overgrown nails can also effect the way the pet walks. Consider wearing a pair of shoes that don’t fit well and cause it to walk awkwardly. Over time this change in gait can lead to exacerbate joint diseases like arthritics.
For some pets, trimming their nails is a traumatic event. Often a pet become accustomed when they were young or improperly cause pain. Nails has a crawl, also known as quick nerves and blood vessels. Care has always to be taken when trimming nails to avoid cutting into the areas. Here are some tips for successfully and not traumatically trim your pet’s nails.
There are some dog products you will need. Get your pet used to having its feet touch the place with when it was a puppy or a kitten. Purchase a nail trimmer appropriate for your pet’s size and and type of nails. Ask your veterinarian staff member what type they would recommend. Keep it supplied styptic powder in case you accidentally trim the nails too short and they start to bleed.
Have someone assist you. Be sure you trim its nails with good lighting. If your pet has light-colored nails, hold the paw that is well illuminated from behind. This will allow you to see where the quick ends. Trim the nails close but not into the quick. If your pet has dark nails and you are unable to visualize the quick, trim it off the small amount of the end repeatedly. You can often tell when you get close to the quick when the cut end of the nails start to take on a shining look. Then smooth off the rough edges.
The useful dog supplies like a small power drill is a great way to tackle dark nails or large heavy nails. First get the pet used to the sound of the drill. Nail care is important part of grooming your pet. With some patience and practice, it can be done.