Your puppy’s toenails are like your fingernails. They’re constantly growing and, if left untrimmed, can get uncomfortable for him and for you. That’s why it’s important to monitor your puppy’s nail growth and learn the trimming basics.
Puppies’ nails can grow at different rates depending on their breed. Ask your veterinarian about how often your puppy will need a trim. For a small fee, most veterinarians and groomers can take care of the trimming for you. If you decide to do it yourself, here are some handy tips:
- Get your puppy used to the feel of your hands on his paws early on. While grooming him, you may want to massage his feet and check his nail growth. Be sure to offer praise when he stays still.
- Have your veterinarian or groomer recommend the right size nail clipper.
- Avoid cutting the “quick” — the pink vein near the base of your puppy’s nail that feeds the nail bed. If cut, the nail may bleed.
- Should a nail begin to bleed, apply styptic powder, available at your pet supply store. Dab on while applying a small amount of pressure to the end of his nail.
- Always clip conservatively! It’s better to cut too little and double back than to cut too much.