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How to cut dog's nail to make the quick recede

Updated: Nov 9

What time is it when you hear your dog's nails clicking on the floor as he/she walks? It's time for a nail trim! Long nails can lead to a lots of problems for all types of dogs—puppies, small dogs, large dogs, all dogs. That's why all dog owners should know that getting your pet's nails clipped and keeping the nails short on a regular basis is important. In this article, we will go over:

  • How to Tell If Your Dog's Nails Are Too Long

  • How to Identify a Dog's Quick

  • How to Make Your Dog's Nail Quick Recede

  • Techniques for Trimming or Grinding Dog Nails

  • What If You Accidentally Cut the Quick?

  • What Is the Perfect Length for Your Dog's Nails?

  • What If My Dog Is Afraid of the Nail Trimmers?

  • Working With a Veterinary Professional or Groomer

For starters, when you allow nails to grow too long or to become overgrown, this also means that the quick has grown out, which can lead to nail bed issues, bleeding nails, pain, secondary issues in your dog's body, and a worried pet owner.

How to Tell If Your Dog's Nails Are Too Long The rule of thumb is that if they are clicking on the floor, causing discomfort, or interrupting mobility, they are overgrown. Several problems can occur when the quick and nail overgrow:

  • The nails become frail and fracture easily

  • Overgrown quicks can cause pain, bleeding, and infection

  • Your dog may start to walk in an irregular way

  • Your dog may become phobic of or uncomfortable on slippery floors and hard surfaces

  • The paw pads or toe joints may become uncomfortable (can cause skeletal abnormalities in the future)

If your dog's nails are overgrown, don't try to cut them short all at once. Instead, ask your vet or groomer for help. Chances are, the nails will need to be cut a little bit at a time to allow the quick to recede.

How to Identify a Dog's Quick Dog nails are composed of the nail and a soft cuticle called the quick that is rich in blood vessels and nerves. What does the quick look like on a dog?

  • Light-colored nails: Easy to identify. It is a pink region in the center of the translucent/white nail.

  • Dark-colored nails: Hard to identify and trimming can be a bit of a challenge. Sometimes it helps to look at the bottom of the nail as you trim to gauge how "deep" into the nail bed you are trimming.

Why Does the Quick Overgrow? When you fail to trim your dog's nails on a regular basis, the quick grows with the nail. In some cases, when the nails are extra long, the quick may lengthen so much that it reaches the tip of the nail. When this happens, you won't be able to trim much of the nail without risking cutting through the quick. Don't try to clip dogs nails and make them short all at once! Ask your veterinarian or dog groomer to show you how to gradually trim the nail to encourage the quick to recede. Otherwise, you risk hurting your pet.