How to clip your dog’s nails and Tick Removal

How to clip your dog’s nails and Tick Removal

clipping your dog’s nails is a very important dog grooming routine that needs to be carried out a couple of times per month. If you don’t clip the nails then your dog could start to suffer from in-growing toenails and infection, which would then require expensive medical treatment.

How to clip your dog’s nails

A dog’s nails should be long enough to just about reach the ground but without making a clicking sound as they walk.

Start by purchasing some specialist dog nail clippers from a pet store. They will be able to give you good advice on what to look for and how to use them.

Trim a very small piece from the end of the nail and keep trimming until you can see the quick of the nail (this will be the pink bit on a dog with white nails but you will need to look more carefully on dogs with dark nails as the quick can be difficult to see). Once the quick has been seen then use a nail file to smooth the edges.

If you do accidentally cut the quick then be warned, it can bleed quite a lot. Use some cotton wool to stem the flow and then leave any clot that has formed.

Don’t forget the claw that is slightly up the back of the dog’s leg, though this will need trimming during pet grooming much less often as it doesn’t get worn down very much.

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Getting rid of ticks.

How to clip your dog's nails and Tick Removal

Ticks are a severe irritation to animals as they cause redness, swelling, and itching.

It is very important to make tick removal a regular part of your pet grooming routine as, as well as the above-mentioned problems, they also introduce harmful bacteria into your pet.

When removing a tick it is very important that, as well as the body, the head is also removed.

There are a lot of myths surrounding the removal of ticks from animals, such as covering it in petroleum jelly to stop it breathing or holding a hot needle to it to make it withdraw its head. These methods are more likely to cause the tick to release more bacteria into the wound.

It is very important that, when removing the tick, you don’t squeeze the body at all as this will push the bacteria into your pet. For this reason, you need to start with the appropriate pet grooming equipment for the job.

Proper tick removers are a better option than tweezers which may squeeze the body if you are not very skilled!

The tick needs to be grasped right where its head is entering your pet (this way you won’t accidentally squeeze the body) and pulled straight out.

Do not twist as you pull unless you are using a special tool that specifically tells you to twist.

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