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Cutting Your Dog’s Nails

Dogs usually have sharp claws. They need their nails trimmed regularly to avoid nail breaks and possible infections. Even so, many dog owners find this chore challenging and try to avoid the task altogether.

To conquer the nail chop, veterinarian Dr. Melissa Meehan lets you know how to trim your dog's nails effectively and painlessly...

Top Tips

  • Don't use human nail clippers on dogs. Dogs need nail clippers designed especially for their thick, long nails, which are available from pet stores.
  • To trim your dog's nails hold the dog's paw gently yet firmly in your hand. Find the quick or bloodline in the nail. Use the dog clippers to cut just before the quick, where the nail starts to curve.
  • If you are still unsure of where the quick is located, it is best to trim the nail too little rather than too much.
  • If you accidentally cut into the quick, do not panic. Pack the nail with a generic hard soap to stop any bleeding and help heal the wound.
  • Do not forget to trim the rear dewclaw. A nail that doesn't touch the ground and can easily become ingrown or infected.

Dogs often do not like to have their paws handled and it is best to get your dog used to people touching their feet from a young age. Most dogs need their nails trimmed every 2-3 months.

How do I toilet train my cat

I rescued an adult female, desexed cat six months ago. Apparently she’s always been an outside cat. I have another cat who is mostly indoors and I would only let outside during the day if I was home. Luna didn’t like being indoors and wasn’t using the litter tray properly. I had her confined in the bathroom for a few days to get use to it and she would go next to it, rarely in it. She will sometimes use a tray otherwise will urinate or poop on the floor. I am at wits end. I have two trays, I’ve changed the type of litter, put dirt in the tray, picked up the poop and put it in the tray to show her that where it goes. I’ve used spray in the tray to attract her to want to use the tray. I bought felliway diffuser which is meant to calm cats and have also used the rescue remedy drops in her food. I’ve recently moved house where there is a cat enclosure so she can go in and out when ever she pleases but still goes in the kitchen (as I now close the bathroom door when she started going to the toilet in there), but tonight I noticed she’s been going in the spare room if anything is left on the floor which is carpeted. So I’ve now cleared that whole room to prevent her from going to the toilet. She is still going in the kitchen. I’ve tried cleaning the area and eliminating her scent by using water and vinegar then once dry use bi carb soda and hydrogen peroxide and it has made no difference. She’s been tested for a bladder infection which came up negative. I love animals. I have another cat which she now gets along with and two dogs which she is still getting use to. I don’t know what else to do and I don’t want to give her up but feel like I will have no choice.