Pet Tip Tuesday- Nail CuttingDr. Megan Okes joins us with our Pet Tip Tuesday. This weeks topic is nail cutting.
What do I need to trim my pets’ toenails?
- Toenail trimmers – 4 types available: pliers-type, loop, large human clippers (cats and puppies), grinders
- Quick-stop powder (can use corn starch in a pinch)
- Extra pair of hands
How do I know how short to cut?
- 2 parts to toenails: hard outer shell and inner quick with blood vessels
- White nails = easy because you can SEE the pink quick
- Black toenails = trim when nail curves downward
- LOOK at cut end – black spot in center is close to the quick
How do I cut them?
- Take small pieces off the ends (especially black nails)
- Quick motions
- Squeeze toes to extend cat nails
My pet HATES to have their nails trimmed- what can I do?
- Play with their feet
- Routine nail trims
- Comfortable environment and positioning
How often should nails be trimmed?
- Depends on lifestyle
- If very long quicks, need trimming every 3-4 weeks to shorten the quicks