How to clip your pet’s claws

Cutting your pet’s claws can be a daunting experience as it can be tricky to know how much to cut off without cutting too much; but keeping your pet’s nails trimmed is essential for good care and grooming.

Your pet’s claw has blood vessels known as the ‘quick’. It is important that you do not cut into this area. It is easy to locate the quick on animals with light coloured claws. For those with dark coloured claws it may be easier to locate the quick by looking on the underside of the nail – however if in doubt seek the advice of a qualified groomer or your vet.

For beginners, we recommends the Deluxe Nail Clipper with its easy to use safety guard to help enable you to only cut a little at a time.

Follow these simple steps to a successful pedicure!

  1. Hold your pet’s foot carefully and ensure that you are in complete control before starting to trim the nail.
  2. Begin cutting in one smooth action. If you are unsure, only cut off a small amount at a time.
  3. Finally, use a manual or electric nail file to smooth the edges of the nail to give salon style results!

Important: keep cutting tools out of reach of children and use extra care when using any grooming aid with sharp edges.


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