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How to Safely Trim Your Pet's Nails

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For all of those proud owners of dogs and cats, here is a how-to teach pet owners to be responsible pet parents and cut their pets' nails safely. When cat's nails get too long they can grow into the nail-bed, hurting the cat and a dog's nail can splinter causing pain to the dog. Using a regular nail clippers when you first try this will allow you to decide whether it is necessary to purchase automatic pet nail cutter for your pet. Additionally, cutting your pets nails, can help protect your household belongings from pets clawing!
 
Steps:
 
1. Make sure dog or cat is calm and hold down.
2. Gently grab the paw of your dog or cat.
3. Press lightly on paw in order to expose the nails.
4. Identify the vein in the nail.
 
Dogs:
 
1. Sit the dog down and put your arm around their body, so you can hold their paw comfortably.
2. Have a treat by your side, to reward the dog for good behavior.
 
Cats:
 
1. Lie the cat in your lap, with their legs facing outward.
2. Place your hands lightly across their body, to hold them down.
3. Place clipper over nail, before the vein line.
4. Squeeze nail clipper hard enough that the nail piece falls off.
 
If bleeding occurs:
 
- Quickly place a bit of styptic powder on the bleeding nail.
- Dab nail with paper towel.
 
If necessary, light filing can be done to prevent splintering.
 
Tips:
 
You may want to have a reward on hand for your pet, in order to commend good behavior.
 
The way you calm and hold your pet varies depending on their disposition. You may need to use your personal knowledge of your pet’s individual needs and give them proper attention, in order to keep them calm.
 
Warning:
 
If pet has a black nail only cut the tip of the nail, as it is hard to identify where the vein is and there is a danger of cutting the nail.
 

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