Nail trims can be a stressful experience for both the owner and their pet. However, there are things you can do to help ease the stress and create a more relaxing experience. If is important to keep your pet’s nails trim to prevent unnecessary breakage and punctures in the paw pad. In the first video, I discuss how often to trim your pets nails ( every 3 to 5 weeks depending on their current length) and importance of tipping the nail rather than quicking your pet. If you have an anxious pet you may only be able to do a paw at a time with lots of positive reinforcement like treats per nail and praise. Whether you are going to the vet, groomer, or at home remember to stay calm and be confident. Your pet will be more relaxed if you maintain a calm attitude.

Nail Trim One on One

In the next video, I will demonstrate how to trim both black and white nails with my Great Dane, Ladybug. I began messing with Ladybugs feet from the time she was 8 weeks old. It is important to get your pet used to someone touching their legs, feet and toes even if they are not getting a nail trim. This simple action will help lower their stress level when it comes time to trim their nails. I always just tip my pets nails so that they have a happy experience and don’t associate pain that comes with quicking their nails. Remember the longer the nail the longer the quick will be as it grows out over time with your pet’s nails. Longer nails also tend to be more brittle and break easier, so if you can keep them shorter where they are not making a clicking noise when your pet walks the better off your pet will be in the long run.

Our staff at North Bentwood Veterinary Hospital and Boarding are always happy to answer any questions. We love helping create a more relaxing experience for your fur babies when they are getting their nails trimmed and love seeing their happy smiles.