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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-18-2008, 12:58 PM Thread Starter
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Trimming nails

Having dogs growing up, I transitioned to owning my own dog relatively easy. But one thing I find myself unsure about is trimming Riley's nails. She has daily long walks so her back nails are staying pretty trim, but I have to keep snipping the front ones and her dew claws. I made a mistake with the dew claw and cut it too short once and it bled everywhere for awhile, so my hubby hangs over me while i'm doing it. he's afraid i'm going to cut it too short. I know every dog is different, but how often do you cut nails and how much do you take off at a time?

I've been calling her "tappy" because i can hear her click click clicking on the floor.

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my first love Gretchen vom Alpenhof (aka Riley)- born 3 Feb 2008
my first boy Garth Vader vom Haus Kohl (aka Vader)- born 2 Nov 2010

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Re: Trimming nails

Sarah you have got to look into getting a dremel. They are the best and make it sooooooo easy to file their nails. With Penny's black nails trimming was near impossible and the time spent filing afterward took too much time.

Love, love the dremel! And you don't have to worry about quicking them. I dremel once a week.

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Re: Trimming nails

I've yet to have to clip Chance's nails and I've had him for a year. I do trim my Chihuahuas nails often as they seem to grow non-stop. I take a little off the tip every 2-3 weeks.

I've wanted to switch over to a dremel, seems like it would be easier (For me and the dog plus I think it'd be easier to keep from clipping the quick) and I could smooth out Chance's nails without actually taking a chunk of nail off.

And just in case you ever clip the nail short again (I do all the time with my male Chihuahua because even though we've had him for 4 years now, he STILL acts as if I'm murdering him when I clip his nails) you can use flour or cornstarch to stop the bleeding. Just dab a little on the nail and you're done.
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Re: Trimming nails

oh wow never thought of the flour... i was at a loss because my mom always had the stop bleed stuff on hand and i didn't. Good to know!

what dremels do people use?

-Sarah owned by my long coat clan:
my first love Gretchen vom Alpenhof (aka Riley)- born 3 Feb 2008
my first boy Garth Vader vom Haus Kohl (aka Vader)- born 2 Nov 2010

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Re: Trimming nails

Lots of people use the battery one, but I found that the battery didn't last but for about 1 year, then you have to but a new dremel or a new battery- both of which are the same price!

So I use a corded dremel now, mine says the 400 series xpr 5,000-35,000rpm

http://homepages.udayton.edu/~merens...el/dremel.html

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