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How do I make it less scary. I’ve not done this before.


Posted anonymously, 29th August 2019


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  • Go to your vet for guidance.


  • Definitely get a vet or vet nurse to show you how
    As the experience will set your pup up for life so best to make it a positive one


  • Take the dog to tge vets and let the vet do it especially if they have black nails beause if you cut to far down you could make them bleed and get infections.


  • I suggest you get a vet to do it the first time and ask him/her to explain how to do it. You could have a situation where nails need to be clipped when a vet’s surgery is closed. (you want to be able to do it yourself if you choose to do so). Most vets will do it for you when you take them for their yearly vaccination.


  • I would start with only a little bit first. Give them a treat


  • Thank you


  • Call your vet and ask to have someone show you how to do it. If you let them know you want to learn how to do it yourself, they will show you how to do it and may even let you do one foot under their supervision so you can gain more confidence. If you need to go in there a couple of times and get them to watch you, do it. Utilise your veterinary clinic because that is what they are there for.


  • Clippers should usually come with a a how to guide and tips.
    Watch plenty of tutorials for handling and clipping nails techniques.
    Puppy needs to feel comfortable with having paws touched – search techniques for this too.
    A good and trusted vet can show you how do clip dogs nails and how to understand nails on dogs.


  • Vets and pet stores often offer this and can show you the best way


  • I would err on the side of caution less is best but it depends if tge nails are black or see through you need to be careful not to clip the vein if you really aren’t sure get the vet to show you.


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