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Sam Wendt   Auburn, KS,

12/15/2013 10:52:05 AM

Try buying dog nail flippers with a stopper(it's just a little metal plate).

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Lorna - 277613   Poplarfield, MB

12/12/2013 9:49:49 AM

Thank you! Interesting : )

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Sue - 9210   Three Oaks, MI

12/10/2013 11:25:14 AM

This is really good advice. Also, it is important for you to stay calm during the trimming, even if you nick the quick. Styptic powder is the best if you do nick it because it stops the bleeding quickly & seems to numb the pain. I take out the powder & put a little in the cap of the container & have a damp q-tip ready to dip in the powder if you do nick the quick. Other people told me you can use flour/cornstarch if you don't have styptic powder, but, while it stops the bleeding, it does not numb the pain. The powder seems expensive, but lasts a long time!

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Estellet   Pinellas Park, FL

11/22/2013 10:11:08 AM

I have had dogs all my life I am now 81 so you can imagine how many tears I've shed in losing them but I am very squeamish about cutting nails , I would like to do it myself as my dog gets groomed about once every 2 months can anyone advise me what to do?

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Eileen - 249708   Port Perry, ON

7/11/2013 3:59:27 AM

Thanks for your great information, I now trim my dogs nails every 2 weeks and it does make a big difference in length.

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Zookeeper   Columbia, MO

7/6/2013 3:12:13 PM

Good info- one more tip: if your dog hates having you lift up his feet, you can cut the nails while the dog lies on his side, instead of sitting or standing.

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abigail   cape town, International

6/26/2013 12:36:41 AM

Cut my Jack Russel's quick by mistake. Put dettol and plaster. Will he be ok?

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Wil   Cagayan De Oro,

6/19/2013 7:58:02 AM

Amazing! I never though that there are tools that we can use in trimming down the nails of our pets. I admit that I 'm facing such dilemma in trimming their nails since it is hard. I've tried a lot of methods just to make it easier but I ended up frustrated. I think, your tips are effective as well as the tools. I'll purchase one for my dog in the future. I hope this will work this time.

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Eileen - 249708   Port Perry, ON

5/20/2013 4:02:31 AM

Great information!

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Sarah - 45971   Albuquerque, NM

3/20/2013 2:04:30 PM

Thank you for mentioning that the more often you trim your dog's nails, the tinier the quick becomes! I've dealt with so many people who have not had their dogs nails trimmed in months and then complain when I can only trim a small section because the quick has become too long.

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Sarah - 243618   Port Charlotte, FL

3/18/2013 3:01:12 PM

Oh I forgot to post that if you don't have styptic powder you can use a bar of soap. Just scrap the toe nail across the bar. Or you can you cayenne pepper. Just cup some in your hand and dip the toe nail in it.

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Sarah - 243618   Port Charlotte, FL

3/17/2013 2:40:50 PM

Thanks for the great tips on clipping your dogs nails. I've been trying to trim them regularly. According to the pix their nails are not as short as they should be. I guess I have to trim them more often to get them down to where they should be or invest in a better pair of clippers. The one I have isn't big enough to get them as short as they should be. I have also tried the the pedi-paws grinding tool. The dogs adjusted to it really well. I was surprised because one of our dogs hates noises unless he's the one making it.

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liantsim   Waterloo, IA

1/15/2013 8:04:46 AM

I had no idea that it was possible to receded the quick if you cut a dog's nails often enough. I struggle just to keep my dog's nails trimmed. Lately I've been doing it while she is asleep.

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Eileen - 249708   Port Perry, ON

12/28/2012 12:48:37 PM

I have tried grinding but I found it took to long a simple and quick clips works best for both me and my dog. My dog has no problems with get nails clipped. I do it about every 6 weeks.

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skiw9748   Hartford, AL

12/16/2012 7:25:13 PM

Good Thanks !

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Carol - 10030   Silver Spring, MD

12/13/2012 12:49:28 PM

Trimmimg makes me nervous, although my dog is calm. I'm going to try the grinding tool.

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DogChannel editor   Mission Viejo, California

11/6/2012 7:51:25 AM

Kristi, it is important to trim all dogs' nails, whether they spend most of their time indoors or outdoors. Dogs that walk regular or are outside actually may need less trimming than dogs that stay inside because they naturally wear down their nails.

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