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Q: Black Nails?

April 14, 2010 | By Ches21 | 5 answers | Expired: 1674 days ago

Ches21

I have to go and give my dad's dog Shasta a bath some time this week and he wants me to clip her nails too. But there is one problem all of Shasta's nails are black I am good at doing every other part of grooming a dog I have been grooming dogs since I was in elementry school and my family had our english cocker spainel Lady. I have never had the difficult task of trimming nails on a dog that has all black nails before. So am I best to tell my dad to take her to a proffesional groomer or try doing it myself and risk cutting the nails too short?

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Deonk1
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Apr 16, 2010

I was nervous when I got my yorkie, he has black nails, my friend showed me a trick, I'm not sure how it looks on larger dogs, or if it is true or not, (please comment if I'm wrong). I cut in tiny increments, and if you see too much white where you cut that means you're close to the quick. Like i said I don't know what this looks like on larger dogs, but with my little guy I do him every week and I haven't hit the quick yet, and I'm pretty good at getting a close cut. I agree with the previous message above. don't cut the really thick part, you'll have a huge chance of hitting the quick there... it may be a good idea to watch someone with a dog that has black nails do them so you can see.

good luck

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Denise L.
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Apr 15, 2010

I agree with cutting in tiny increments (or just the tips)...but sometimes it's better to just have the vet do it. Also, taking your dog for walks on pavement helps to grind the nails down & keeps them shorter.

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Kavykeeper
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Apr 14, 2010

My vet said to cut in tiny increments and you will see the very center starting to darken a bit. That's when you stop. This was for a guinea pig, but I would imagine it is probably the same for other animals, too.

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Jillian
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Apr 14, 2010

it's tricky. i clip a little, then a little more, then a little more. there's a way to see the quick coming, but i can't remember what to look for. so i still hit the quick at times. just have a bottle of kwik-stop by your side. if you barely hit it, they don't even seem to notice - but that's no reason not to avoid it!

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Stephanie  C.
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Apr 14, 2010

Black nails can be tough, but there is a trick I use. If you flip the foot upside-down, you will see a cleft at the front of the nail. Trim the cleft all the way off - but do not cut into the thicker area. It's hard to explain, but you will see it when you get there. My dogs' clefts are usually full of mud, so I have to clean this out first. Then I use human nail clippers to take off the burs at the corner.

You can always be a little conservative when clipping nails and try again next time.

Good luck!

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