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Tips For Cutting Your Dogs Nails

Cutting your dog's nails doesn't have to be a hassle. Dr Chris has a few tips every owner should know...

"One of the things I'm often asked as a vet, is 'how do you give your mutt that much needed manicure?' Well here are a few quick and easy steps to make nail clipping a breeze.

First, get yourself a pair of nail clippers just for dogs, then find the 'quick' or 'bloodline' in the nail. You cut just below the quick, about where the nail starts to curve. If you're not sure, it's better to trim too little than too much.

If you do cut into the quick and it starts to bleed, don't panic, corn flour packed into the nail will stop the bleeding and help it to heal.

Don't forget that sneaky little claw on the inside, the dew claw. Give that a clip, otherwise when they jump up, they scratch you on the inside of the legs. Very nasty.

How often do dogs need a manicure? About every two to three 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.