How to cut a puppy's nails
Cutting the nails of a puppy can be an arduous task, since they are usually quite restless and could be hurt, nevertheless it is a necessary work to avoid that these are broken, since it can be painful or they could even cause an infection, generating pain to the animal, which will result in an irritable and aggressive attitude on the part of this. Remember that puppies should have more care than an older dog so you should not only take care of your nails but also other aspects such as cleaning their ears, eyes and brush their teeth. If you want to know how to cut a puppy's nails, keep reading this article and we'll show you.
The first step to know how to cut the nails of your puppy is to take it to a veterinarian, if it is the first time you are going to do it, it is recommended that it be done by a professional, in this way you can have a clearer vision of the technique that you should carry out and you will avoid possible damage to the legs of this.
Get a special nail clip . Forget about cutting your puppy's nails with scissors or other utensils that are not especially for him, since you will cut them improperly and you can even break them. Remember that your nails are much harder so using artifacts that are ideal for this will end up damaging the surface, weakening it. There are different sizes, so buy the one that best suits your puppy.
Inside the dog's nail there is a vascular tissue where there are arteries, veins and nerves, this is the point where you must be very careful not to hurt him, because if we cut in that place the nail will bleed. It is much easier to identify it in dogs with white nails, since where you see a pink area, it means that blood is circulating and it will delimit you very well where you should make the cut. For nails of a color that is more complicated to see this limit we suggest you cut horizontally .
Before starting to cut your puppy's nails it is important to have all the utensils at hand. These will be:
- Nail clipper.
- Oxygenated water or some astringent powder, in case you bleed.
Wait until your dog is calm to carry out this procedure, but make him feel comfortable, that is, prepare some treats or foods that you know he likes so that he feels relaxed. In this way the animal will not associate this process with something to be afraid of, you should also keep calm, remember that the animal perceives your state of mind and this can influence. If you feel insecure about cutting them, take the animal to a specialist.
If you have cut the part of vascular tissue, do not worry, although the nail will bleed does not mean that something serious will happen to your puppy. What you should do is press with a gauze the area that bleeds for a few minutes and disinfect with hydrogen peroxide or astringent powder, in this way you will avoid the proliferation of bacteria.
It is important to remember that the nails should be cut in small breeds and usually in dogs that have little weight, since they wear less. On the other hand, if your puppy has an outdoor space to be in, you should not worry about his nails, as these will wear away naturally.