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Tips For Cutting Your Dogs Nails

Cutting your dog's nails doesn't have to be a hassle. Dr Chris has a few tips every owner should know...

"One of the things I'm often asked as a vet, is 'how do you give your mutt that much needed manicure?' Well here are a few quick and easy steps to make nail clipping a breeze.

First, get yourself a pair of nail clippers just for dogs, then find the 'quick' or 'bloodline' in the nail. You cut just below the quick, about where the nail starts to curve. If you're not sure, it's better to trim too little than too much.

If you do cut into the quick and it starts to bleed, don't panic, corn flour packed into the nail will stop the bleeding and help it to heal.

Don't forget that sneaky little claw on the inside, the dew claw. Give that a clip, otherwise when they jump up, they scratch you on the inside of the legs. Very nasty.

How often do dogs need a manicure? About every two to three months."