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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.

Hip Surgery for rescued puppy

2 weeks ago whilst we were in Fiji we rescued an abandoned puppy that we estimate is about 3 months old. She was starving, filthy, covered in ticks and could barely stand or walk. We fed her, washed her, removed all ticks and just gave her love. We called her Pretzel as she was so skinny when we found her that all her bones were sticking out and her hip bones looked like a big twisted pretzel and her long skinny legs looked like Pretzel sticks. Our intention was to find her a home in Fiji but after a week or so she had gained weight, but we noticed that her left hip bone was still protruding and that when she walked we noticed that her left back foot turned out slightly. Also, when she ran she would use both back legs together and hop like a bunny. We took her to an animal shelter in Fiji called Animals Fiji and they examined her and advised that they thought it might be dislocated. They X-rayed her and then sedated her to try and manipulate the bone back into the socket. This was unsuccessful. The vet advised that it appeared that the end of the bone where the ball should be round was malformed either from a trauma/injury when young or by birth. He advised that he does not have the equipment in Fiji to treat her properly and that she would need surgery to correct the bone and to tighten the ligaments to her support her leg. We are exporting her to Australia on the 7th of March and are trying to raise some funds to assist us. We are hoping that you can assistance to find a Vet in Melbourne that could assist with the operation at a reasonable price.