Trimming Your Pet’s Nails

Trimming your pet’s nails can be a very overwhelming endeavor for some pet owners. We are afraid we may hurt them, make them bleed, and stop after the first sign of discomfort. Here are some tips to help with the daunting but very needed task.

Supplies needed:

-Your pet

-Long nails

-Appropriately sized pet nail trimmers

Dog Nail trimmers

Dog Nail trimmers

Smaller Cat nail Trimmers

Smaller Cat nail Trimmers

It may help separating your pet from others in the home if they feed off each other’s stress. Laying them in your lap or on the floor may be best; however, straddling your over your large dog may be the best position.

It is much easier to trim a cat or dog’s nails if you can see the quick. The quick would be pink and the nail would be clear. If your pet’s nails are black, it will be a little more difficult.

Start by holding your pets paw with your non dominant hand and trimming with you dominant hand. Trim just the tip to start and work your way up. If you can see the quick, trim up to the quick at an angle away from the quick.


If you accidentally hit the quick and the nail begins to bleed, do not panic. Hold a paper towel over the nail and apply a small amount of pressure. You can apply a pinch of styptic powder to the nail to stop the bleeding.


You may need to trim the dewclaw (thumb nails) more often on some pets to keep them from curling into the paw pad. By frequently trimming your pet’s nails, the quick will eventually recede to allow for a much shorter nail trim.


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