(Closed) Nail cutting dilemma

posted 6 years ago in Pets
  • poll: How do I cut my dog's curved nail?
    Give up and go to the vet to get one nail cut. : (22 votes)
    58 %
    It won't hurt her, push the guillotine clipper around her nail even if you have to push into the pad : (3 votes)
    8 %
    Buy a new nail clipper : (2 votes)
    5 %
    You're a terrible owner for letting her nails get that long. : (3 votes)
    8 %
    You're not a terrible owner, you just lost track of her nails because of finals/work. : (8 votes)
    21 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    607 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I’m scared to cut my dogs nails so I just have it done at a groomer or a vet, so I’m not help. But you aren’t a terrible owner! If it had been hurting her, she would have been whining about it and let you know. In this case, though, I’d bring her to the vet or a groomer to get it done. If you do it at home and it hurts her, she’ll be more scared of you doing it in the future. At least this way, she will be scared of the vet hurting her, not you. Is it bad that I think that way?

    Post # 5
    Member
    802 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    Darling Husband cuts my dogs nails, except for her Dew Claw because I hate even looking at that one haha.

    Anyway, I hold her down and give her kisses and pet her, etc. while he cuts her nails. We just tell her “Good girl Maya! Your doing so good! You’re okay”! And stuff like that so we’re not dead silent holding her down having surgery on her lol

    If you can hold her down, do it & have dh cut

    Post # 6
    Member
    4693 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @asscherlover:  Is she too big for this?

    I’m trying to figure out how to get this to work for my cat, but I think it would still involve him scratching the crap out of me.

    Post # 7
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    607 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    @asscherlover:  Well, my dog needs to get something much worse than nails being clipped every few months anyway (hint, it involves his anal glands. ew) so we bring him in for that anyway. I love him, and I’m cheap, but I am NOT doing that myself. 

    Post # 8
    Member
    4275 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    There is a method called flanking that is hard for me to describe, but it usually works well. For severe nails, I usually cut alittle at a time then cutting off one big piece. Also, there are a different type of nail clippers that might work better in this situation. I suggest taking her to the vet and asking to see how it is done…so that you know how to do it next time.

    Post # 10
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    5475 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Our great danes’ toenails are too thick to even cut.  I have to take him in to get them filed down with a drimmel!  I tried the pdedi-paws thing, but it took like 10 minutes to get ONE NAIL done.  That would be 400 minutes of nail grinding… no thanks. 

    Post # 11
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    2065 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    @MissBoPeep:  HAH I was totally about to post this. I’m glad our idea is inspiring people (and oh god I’m still laughing 3 days later!) Also, you’d be surprised about the scratching. I have scars from Boo scratching the crap out of me – but we put him in the sling and he just sat there.

    Post # 13
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    2065 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    @DaneLady:  Try a dremmel. No seriously, we dropped $60 on one specifically to cut our bigger dogs nails. We have a lab/boxer and my shepherd/chow. It’s much more powerful than a pedi-paw and it works. Just make sure to do it in quick bursts so that it doesn’t start to burn them.

    ETA: Ok, I read too fast. You take them to someone that uses one. Never mind!

    Post # 15
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    1095 posts
    Bumble bee

    I would take her to the vet or a groomer. You want to make sure you aren’t cutting the quick, and if the nail is that long, it could be hard to see where the quick ends.

    Fiance cuts our dogs nails while I give her kisses. The more you do it, the less it will bother her. So if you don’t want to bring her to get her nails cuts profesionally, you should really get in the habit of cutting them regularly (we do it at least once a month)

    Post # 16
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    4693 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @misspeanut:  I was hoping you’d stop in here! That’s pretty much the greatest thing I’ve ever seen.

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