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    Getting your dog or cat to sit still for a nail trimming is often reminiscent of preparing for a war.

    Most of them donít like having it done, but for many itís a necessity to keep them healthy and clean. If your pooch or kitten fights you at every turn, or youíre just uncomfortable doing it yourself, here are some tips to help makes the act a little easier.

    Switch Trimmers


    If youíve been struggling with nail trims for awhile now and arenít having any luck, you might need to start anew. Your pet likely already has made a bad association with the nail trimmers youíve been using and goes into panic mode as soon as they come out of the drawer, so try switching to a new pair. Make sure it doesnít resemble the ones youíve been using so they donít immediately know what youíre planning.

    Play With Their Paws

    Animals tend to not like having their paws touched because those are their first line of defense. Cats especially, since they use them to attack when backed into a corner, so itís understandable that holding onto one might cause them some concern. Begin having sessions where you gently play with their paws, while providing treats for good behavior, so they can learn that nothing bad is going to happen in your arms. Run your fingers between each toe and hold the paw in your hand. This might take a few tries before they become comfortable with it.

    Start Small

    Instead of trying to take a large chunk of nail or claw off in one clean stroke, start at the tips to avoid clipping a quick. If you cause pain right out of the gate youíll lose their trust. Begin with small, clips and work your way back to just before the quick (formally known as the hyponychium). Use treats as you go and reward your pet for each successful clip without him trying to pull away.

    Donít Panic

    If you do manage to cut the quick, donít freak out; your pet isnít going to bleed out even if it looks pretty bad at first. Pet stores carry powders specifically for this moment that can be placed on the cut to stop the bleeding. If you donít have any on hand, cornstarch will do in a pinch. Just cover the nail thatís bleeding, give your pet a treat, and wait a few moments for them to calm down before resuming the trim.

    Read more at The Honest Kitchen Blog
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    Thanks for the tips. Pugs seem notoriously bad for nail trimming.
    My two certainly don't love nail trims, but Nilla puts up with it fairly well since treats are involved. And we've found that a ThunderShirt helps Wonka feel more calm during trims. We use a cordless Dremel.
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    I wish I could trim Stewart's nails, but he would likely bite my face off. It takes three to do the job when I take him to the groomer: One to hold him, one to sing comforting songs, and one to do the trimming. I tip them well.
    Beth, mom to Stewie (as well as kitties Moe and Georgie)

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    I do all my guys with a dremmel!!!! I hate clippers!! Do pups with those til they're big enough for the dremmel......I can do all the pugs EXCEPT Stormy's fronts! Those have to be at the vet!!!!
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    I too Dremel.. and my newbie Decker has become more resigned to it than old Ms. Ohna!

    It takes practice, consistency, and frequency.. and yes, lots of biscuits... and an extra pair of hands - or two - (if you have them)!

    Ayleash ... Sponsor of the Pugs: Captain and Niko, and Pack leader of: Tigger (2005-2016), and ...My SECOND rescue Terrier... a girl for Tigger... Ohna... and now... DECKER!! (The Dog Formerly Known As (TDFKA) Batman!)

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    Someone in the kitchen has printed off the internet pics of various clippers. Each make and model clearly labeled at 'clippers. The assembled poster was tacked to the wall head high, perhaps 18 inches off the floor. If you honestly think that you can fool a pug, I take it you own a dalmation.
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    The link here is one of the FAB-est illustrations of dog nails.. useful for cutting or dremeling... The photo of the OP here looks terrifyingly "steep" (to be cutting below where the quick might be), but perhaps it's the angle!

    I have shared Dober Dawn for over 10 years on this topic!

    How to Dremel Dog Nails @ DoberDawn.com
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