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Q: Does it hurt the animal when they get their claws trimmed?

October 9, 2008 | By Jennifer M. | 16 answers | Expired: 2248 days ago

I saw a commercial that said that cats and dogs have nerves in their claws, and if you trim cut their nails they can feel it. They were trying to sell a electric file to file the nails rather then trim them.

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Sheltervt
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Oct 09, 2008

Keep in mind that the commercial you saw was just that... a commercial. It's trying to sell you something. I've been cutting dog and cat nails for more than thirty years, over twenty years of that in vet clinics and shelters, and I feel that there is nothing wrong with trimming nails, as long as you know what you're doing and are using good, sharp clippers.

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PJ W.
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Oct 09, 2008

We use a Dremel which is what the "new" files are based on and have always preferred this method because it is just better all the way around. If your clippers are not sharp then the nail is squeezed and I was always afraid of cutting too short and there being blood everywhere. I got Gabriel Gray from a shelter and they filed his nails by hand so he came already trained! Just had to get him used to the noise.

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beverly y.
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Oct 19, 2008

only if you cut them too short does it hurt

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