Clipping Your Dog’s Claws

When your dog walks (or runs) through the kitchen, do his claws make clicking noises on the floor? If so, your canine companion may be in need of a pawdicure. Keeping Fido’s nails trimmed is very important! In this article from Armitage Animal Clinic, a Newmarket, ON vet discusses clipping your pup’s claws.

Dangers of Overgrown Claws

Overgrown nails can be quite problematic in our canine pals. If Fido’s nails are too long, he may adjust his stride to compensate. Over time, this can put too much stress on his bones and joints, and can contribute to or exacerbate painful bone/joint conditions, such as arthritis or hip dysplasia. Long nails also make it harder for your dog to gain traction, especially on slippery surfaces. Ask your vet for more information.

Pawdicure Procedure

People are often nervous about clipping their pets’ nails, and with good reason. If you cut too close, you may cut the quick, which is where your canine friend’s nerves and blood vessels end. As one can imagine, this can be painful for Fido. It can also cause bleeding. One way to avoid this is to get clippers that are equipped with sensors. These indicate right where to cut, taking the guesswork out of the process. If you are using regular clippers, you’ll want to start by making shallow cuts and inspecting the trimmings. When you start to see a pale oval appear, stop. We recommend keeping a styptic pen or styptic powder on hand, just in case. Of course, you can also call us to schedule a quick pawdicure for your pooch.


If your four-legged buddy tends to fidget when you clip his claws, try doing a bit of desensitization training. Teach Fido to Shake, and offer him a yummy treat when he does. Next, start holding your pet’s paw for a moment, and play with his toes before you let go and give him his snack. When your pup is used to this, run the clippers over his nails without cutting. Keep in mind, when clipping your dog’s nails, you don’t have to do all four paws at once: just do one furry foot at a time, and keep rotating.

Do you need to schedule a nail trim for your pet? Call Armitage Animal Clinic, your Newmarket, ON pet hospital, today! We’re happy to serve all your pet’s veterinary care needs.

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