Painful Nail-Cutting - German Shepherd Dog Forums
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-18-2009, 02:54 PM Thread Starter
New Member
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 2
Painful Nail-Cutting

My GSD of ten years has recently picked up the habit of screaming (yes, screaming) when I cut his nails. As the nails get longer, this is becoming more of a problem. I've tried treats, I've tried distraction, he even has three sets of clippers now in case one of them is the problem. Apparently they all are. Strange thing is, for the last nine years he was helpful and silent as a lamb.

Is there any condition that can cause increased sensitivity in the quick? Should he see a vet?

Thanks a million!
mlsharp is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-18-2009, 03:15 PM
Crowned Member
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 4,832
Re: Painful Nail-Cutting

I suspect that you hit the quick recently and he's learning the screaming makes you stop. I highly recommend switching to a grinder as you can tell if you are getting too close to the quick as the dog will tell you it's starting to get painful and you can stop.

Elaine and the herd
Elaine is offline  
post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-19-2009, 10:48 AM
Crowned Member
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Posts: 19,496
Re: Painful Nail-Cutting

How do you trim them? Do the quicks bleed? The scissor type trimmers and the guillotine type ones can cause a pinch as you cut, even if the quick is not touched. Also, the more often you trim, the farther back the quick stays. So the longer the nails get and the less often you trim, the more likely it is that you will quick the dog and/or cause pain.

I use this timmer and even when I quick my dogs they don't whine or flinch. Once I quicked Nikon on several nails and didn't realize it. I came out of the shower later and found blood smeared and spatterd on every square foot of my off-white carpet!!

Liesje is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-20-2009, 09:29 AM
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 82
Re: Painful Nail-Cutting

I agree with an above post about grinding. I'm a dog groomer and I've noticed that most of the time if a dog dosn't like them being cut I can normally get them to calm down for the grinding. Say away from the petie paws. You can get a Dremel at wal-mart in the hardware area for about $20.00. They sale the same one was PetSmart for $50.00.
RadarsShadow is offline  
post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-25-2009, 09:40 PM
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Berks County, PA
Posts: 52
Re: Painful Nail-Cutting

Cooper's nails stay fairly trimmed by going on walks - but the little ones up higher on the front legs are like needles. Last time we trimmed them we only toook about 1/16" of an inch off and the one still bled. Any tips on knowing how far to trim without getting the quick?
cooperskin is offline  
post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-28-2009, 10:14 PM Thread Starter
New Member
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 2
Re: Painful Nail-Cutting

Thnaks guys!! I think you're right, I will have to try the dremmel. Anything to get him to stop yelling! It goes right through me every time!!
Cooperskin, I find the longer the nails get, the closer the quick gets... so I think it changes. Too bad German Shepherds don't have clear nails.
mlsharp is offline  
post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-07-2009, 11:36 PM
Elite Member
Achielles UD's Avatar
Join Date: May 2001
Location: MO
Posts: 1,449
Re: Painful Nail-Cutting

I use a dremmel and love it. So much easier! New puppy (well she's 6 months) just laid on the table and was ready for her manicure! lol Dremmel is really the way to go. Just make sure to use the right sanding barrel and not a polisher lol

Moxie vom Triton RA CD (GSD)
Breaca von Dog Pound (BC)
APRI Ch Royalty's Jinx'D Ya RN CDX (Sheltie)
RIP Achielles UD, Axel CD, Hella & Malfoy (GSDs)
Achielles UD is offline  
post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-07-2009, 11:39 PM
Senior Member
Katerlena's Avatar
Join Date: May 2008
Location: NE
Posts: 305
Re: Painful Nail-Cutting

Thats so funny my guy has been screaming this past year too (and thats before I even go near his paws) and I have never ever cut his quick. (Before was able to distract him with goodies now he can't be bothered and was thinking he just decided to become a drama queen - But maybe it has to do something with age and arthritis??)

Have never tried a grinder does it take long and are there any cons/danger to it?

Kater's Mom (Sara)
Katerlena is offline  
Sponsored Links

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the German Shepherd Dog Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Nail cutting woes intothevoiddd Basic Care 21 01-22-2016 03:15 PM
Paw thumb nail pink...pulled nail? *Pics* s14roller Health Issues 7 05-06-2012 07:18 PM
Painful Armpit Lump Mandalay Chat Room 3 02-11-2010 08:06 PM
Nail trims (half moon end of nail tip question) valb Basic Care 3 01-13-2009 08:52 PM
A very painful lesson Maryn Training Our Puppy (basic) 10 10-01-2008 10:12 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome