Everyone should take good care of their dog! This also includes claw care. You can find out how in our blog article!
How do you cut the dog’s nails with clippers?
Brief Instructions: (pictures below)
- Always use sharp claw scissors!
- Get your dog used to the scissors and the paw before cutting for the first time.
- Beware of dark claws (you can’t see “Life”)
- Lay the dog down and hold the claw.
- Shorten the claw step by step at the right angle (see below).
How and why you should cut your dog’s claws
Many dog owners are wondering whether it is necessary to shorten the dog’s claws at all. The claws grow like our fingernails, so they have to be shortened from time to time. Too long claws cause them to press into the balls of the back when they occur and cause pain to the dog. Postural damage can also result from claws that are too long in the long term. If the dog runs a lot on hard floors such as asphalt, it is almost never necessary to cut the claws, since they run to the right length all by themselves. Dogs who spend a lot of time in meadows, fields and forest floors – i.e. rather soft surfaces – often have longer claws, which you should cut regularly. Long-term claws that are too long can damage the posture.
When should I cut the claws?
- Do you hear your dog’s claws “clacking” when walking on hard floors
- You cannot slide a sheet of paper under the claws when the dog is standing.
- The claw is longer than the corresponding bale on this paw.
If you hear the claws clearly when walking on hard floors, the claws are too long and should be shortened!
Too long claws disturb the dog when walking and can tear more easily than properly shortened claws.
What needs to be considered when shortening the dog’s claws?
Snap claw! It’s not that easy! There are a few things to keep in mind so as not to injure the dog and the claw. If you don’t trust yourself to cut yourself, you should have it done by your veterinarian! There are blood vessels in the claws if you hit them the claw has been shortened too much and the dog is in pain. This will make the dog reluctant to have its claws cut in the future.
With white claws, it is often easier to see where “life” goes in the claws and where you can safely shorten. With black or darker claws, one should cut more carefully so as not to cut off too much. The dog’s claw consists of horn material (from outside to inside), followed by nerve tracts and finally the blood vessels. It should be noted that the nerves and blood vessels grow with the horn capsule. Therefore, you should not immediately shorten the claws to the correct length for long claws, but only a small piece over several weeks.
In our illustration on how to shorten the claws, we recorded how to do it best and what the claw should look like after the procedure. The scissors should be held so that the claw is cut from the right or left. Otherwise, it will be squeezed more and it can tear. The shortening should be done every few weeks or as needed.
So there are a few things to consider to avoid injuring the dog when shortening the claws. It is therefore advisable to go to a veterinarian if in doubt. Cutting is not always easy, especially with dark claws, because you cannot see where you can safely shorten.
There are special pliers / scissors available in specialist shops for shortening claws, some of which can also be adjusted to the length to be shortened. The scissors should be sharp so as not to squeeze the claws but to cut them clean. For many dogs, it is more pleasant to have their claws ground off with a special Dremel / grinder. This also has the advantage that the claws can be shortened slowly and step by step.
Tip: If you can slide a sheet of paper under the claws, they are the right length!