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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 11-15-2009, 11:09 PM Thread Starter
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I let the nails get too long, now what?

I am a bad doggy mom. We normally trim a bit off Puppy's nails every week or every other week, but we had a hectic few weeks and now they are really long. I trimmed them today, but just a bit off the ends (of course), so they're still long.

I don't want to hurt her, but I do want the nails shorter. Will going back to a weekly schedule get enough off to trim them back again? Or should I try a bit every few days? She is super about having them done, so I don't want to ruin that by accidentally hurting her.

If it makes a difference, we have a "regular" nail trimmer, one that looks like a hedge trimmer, not a guillotine type or a dremel. Thanks in advance!

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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 11-15-2009, 11:17 PM
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A dremel would be nice because you could take a little off every few days with the dremel...

But if you do not have one, I would suggest trimming the ends off every three days until you have the pup where she should be nailewise.

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post #3 of 19 (permalink) Old 11-15-2009, 11:28 PM
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Re: I let the nails get too long, now what?

i actually don't care for the dremel or the hedge trimmer type... the good ol guillotine works well for me. when Gia's nails were overgrown, i did however use a dremel to get them back into shape.

basically you cut them as short as possible, then either dremel (or clip) around the nail (since the vein is in the middle) and from walking/running/hiking/playing the dog will naturally force the quick back. keep doing this method until its as short as you'd like... then just wait until you have enough of a tip again to clip them the regular way.

i hope my explanation made sense.

another option (if you're planning to have your pup fixed anytime soon) is to have a tech cut the nails back while she's under anesthesia. they'll use nitrate sticks to stop the bleeding and by the time she comes out from being under - she'll have other weird aches and feelings to think about.

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Re: I let the nails get too long, now what?

I used the dremel for Mandi's nails when I had done the same thing you had. It also seems that every few months something comes up that keeps me from doing her nails and they get a little long and I have to do the trim and dremel thing. It gets them back in shape quick, though, since they dont get TOO bad.

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OMG Paige hates her feet being touched and she has what I call "ghetto nails" and I am tempted to paint them with little devil decals on them lol

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[email protected] ghetto nails, too funny! I am too scared to trim Chyannes nails, I bring her to the vet, my vet does them for free, and it allows me to weigh her every month.

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Re: I let the nails get too long, now what?

Thanks gang, this is all helpful. I really dislike long nails, so I want to get them back in shape asap! No more tickatickaticka on the floor!

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Re: I let the nails get too long, now what?

What are "ghetto nails"?? As an black man I am offended by that term!!
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Ghetto nails?
Why would you be offended?

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post #10 of 19 (permalink) Old 12-20-2009, 11:09 AM
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Re: I let the nails get too long, now what?

ANYWAYS, I find like a concrete walkway or something & let my dog file his own nails down.
He bites the nail clippers, so I had to find another way to keep them short.

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