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Why Nail Care Matters

Understanding and implementing proper nail care are key to ensuring your dog’s happiness, comfort, and overall health. This information sheet will guide you through each step of the process, ensuring you feel confident and equipped to take care of your dog’s nails with ease.

Introduction: Why Nail Care Matters

Keeping your dog’s nails trimmed isn’t just about aesthetics; it’s essential for their well-being. Long nails can lead to discomfort, affect their walking posture, and even cause long-term joint issues.

How Often Should You Trim?

Listen for the Click: If your dog’s nails are clicking on the floor, it’s time for a trim.

Regular Checks: Aim to check your dog’s nails every few weeks. The exact frequency of trimming will depend on your dog’s lifestyle and breed, but a good starting point is once every 3-4 weeks.

Understanding Nail Anatomy

Getting familiar with the structure of your dog’s nails will help you trim them safely. The quick, which supplies blood to the nail, can cause bleeding if cut. Knowing where the quick ends (it’s easier to see in light-coloured nails) will help you avoid it.

The Right Tools Make All the Difference

Invest in Quality Clippers: Specialised dog nail clippers are designed to make clean cuts without splintering the nail.

Consider a Dremel: For those who find traditional clippers intimidating, a Dremel tool with a nail grinding attachment, like the Diamagroove Boxer, offers a gentle and less stressful alternative for both you and your dog. It’s a fantastic way to gradually shorten the nails without the risk of cutting into the quick. Check it out here: Whitman’s Diamagroove Boxer.

Nutrition: The Foundation of Healthy Nails

A balanced diet rich in essential nutrients not only supports your dog’s overall health but also promotes strong and healthy nails. Incorporating foods high in omega-3 fatty acids and proteins can make a noticeable difference.

Regular Paw Care: More Than Just Nail Trimming

Don’t stop at the nails. Regularly inspecting your dog’s paws for cuts, thorns, or signs of infection is vital. Healthy paws support healthy nails.

Desensitisation: Making Nail Trimming a Breeze

Many dogs find nail trimming stressful. You can help your dog get used to it by gradually introducing them to the process, handling their paws gently, and using treats and praise to build positive associations.

Timing Is Everything

Choose a quiet, calm time for nail trimming, like after a meal or a long walk, when your dog is naturally more relaxed and less likely to be fidgety.

Be Prepared

Accidents can happen, and being prepared with a first aid kit that includes styptic powder, antiseptic wipes, and bandages can help you confidently address any minor nicks or bleeding.

When to Seek Professional Assistance

If you’re unsure about trimming your dog’s nails or if they get particularly stressed by the process, don’t hesitate to seek the help of a professional groomer or veterinarian. They can provide expert care and advice.


Your dedication to your dog’s well-being is what makes you a fantastic pet owner. By taking the time to learn about proper nail care, you’re ensuring your dog remains happy, healthy, and active.

Please remember, the advice here is for general informational purposes and should not substitute professional veterinary care. If you’re concerned about your dog’s nails or health, always consult with a veterinarian.

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