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Nail Clipping

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Nail clipping is a skill and unless you are entirely confident, our veterinary nurses or vets in our clinics can trim your pet's nails for you and/or show you exactly how to do it.

  • Dogs, cats, rabbits and guinea pigs all require their nails clipping at some time.
  • Clip nails from an early age so that pets get used to it.
  • Frequent trimming is better than waiting until the nails are too long.  If you leave the nails too long, they may curl inwards, into the skin, and eventually cause a nasty infection.
  • Your veterinary surgeon or veterinary nurse will be able to advise you on the most suitable style of nail clippers for your pet.
  • If your pet does not like his/her feet handled, you may need to get a friend to help you restrain your pet gently but firmly and keep your pet calm.

Clipping Nails 2DOGS

 

  • Dogs who exercise regularly on a hard surface may not need their nails clipping so regularly whereas dogs and pets that lead a gentler lifestyle may need their nails clipped more often.
  • Only trim the “hook” end of nail to avoid cutting the blood vessel which naturally grows towards the tip of the nail.  Clipping nails too short can cause pain and bleeding.
  • White nails are easier to trim as the blood vessel is easier to see.  It is the thin, pink line in the centre of the nail.
  • Dog dew claws – gently bend away from leg to clip

CATS

 

  • Most cats do not require their nails to be clipped as they keep them at a suitable length by scratching, chewing or shedding the outer layer.
  • Indoor cats and older cats may need nails clipped.  Signs that nails are too long include getting caught in clothing, carpet or furniture.
  • Press toe pad to bring claws out
  • Only trim the “hook” end of nail to avoid cutting the blood vessel which naturally grows towards the tip of the nail.  Clipping nails too short can cause pain and bleeding.
  • White nails are easier to trim as the blood vessel is easier to see.  It is the thin,pink line in the centre of the nail.

RABBITS & GUINEA PIGS

  • Wrap in a towel with one leg exposed for clipping.
  • Use the same principle as for dogs and cats but unwrap the animal from the towel, after each leg has had nails trimmed to avoid the animal overheating and allow it a break.



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