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15 December 2015
So I've just clipped Meg's nails for the first time ever. I've never clipped any dog's nails before as they've always just seemed to wear down naturally, but what with shorter walks and on soft surfaces wherever possible, Meg's nails had grown too long. I was terrified of cutting into the quick (she has black nails, so it's hard to see) and in consequence took only the very tip off. This cost me about half a turkey in treats and seems to have made little material difference. Her nails are still too long. Does anyone have any tips for safe and effective nail clipping? Thanks.
Meg, Mutt, aged around 13, adopted 31/12/2009. Sudden explosive right elbow fracture 06/12 (caused by IOHC), diagnosed with End Stage Arthritis 03/15, Total Elbow Replacement 08/15, problems with healing leading to skin graft & skin flap surgery, Chronic Infection leading to implant breakdown. Became a Tripawd 9th March 2016. Lives with Mum, Clare, watched over by Angel Pie and Angel Billie My life as a MEG-A-STAR
12 March 2013
Taking off just the tip at regular intervals will help the quick to recede, just like cutting (or biting) a person's nails shorter a bit at a time. You are wise to start out with just a small bit, as you don't want to quick her and make her shy of having those nails clipped.
Murphy is a five year old Lab/Chessie cross. He was hit by a car on 10/29/12 and became a Tripawd on 11/24/12. On 2/5/13, he had a total hip replacement on his remaining back leg. He has absolutely no idea that he has only three legs!
UPDATE: Murphy lived his life to the fullest, right up until an aggressive bone lesion took him across the Rainbow Bridge on April 9, 2015 and he gained his membership in the April Angels. Run free, my love. You deserve it!
21 October 2014
. . . This cost me about half a turkey in treats . . .
Harmony became a Tripawd on 10/21/14 (MCT). She left us way too soon on 11/1/14.
"We miss you so much; our love, our heart, our Harmony."
- Pam, Ron and Melody, Meesha, Doublestuff and Mariah Carey
25 April 2007
Hmmm. Does she hate it and squirm around? If so, the Calming Cap is what we use on Wyatt. It's like kyrptonite. He melts when he wears it, lays on his side and we feed him a few treats while clipping his nails. see:
22 February 2013
Well Meg, it cost your Mom a turkey and it cost me $14.95 per dog at the Vet!! I just got back from having Bob and Nellie's clipped!! They got @ots of treats to entice them into the car, but I know darn well the Vet didn't give them any turkey, much less treats!! They're seniors and have "old dog nail growth", kinda grow weird and very thick.. I wouldn't dare try it myself!
Myrtle and Frankie seem to keep their nails trimmed "naturally", so lucky in that end.
I've seen that calming cap work firsthand in Wyatt at the trilawd pawty. Calm as a cucumber with it on! And he actually looked quite dashing in it!
Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!
23 June 2016
I use a dremmel for all my dogs and its been over 20 years since I began with that tool and its amazing. First, you can graduly see the vein and stop very near it and by doing it often, it will shorten. But...it has to be introduce with positive reinforcement, it vibrate and can be warm, so depending on how sensitive the dog is, it can take time. Mine I use to that tool since puppy, so no problem there.