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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: 2100 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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beverly y.
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Oct 19, 2008

only if you cut them too short does it hurt

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Maryjodellamaggiore
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Oct 18, 2008

trimming nails is like cutting YOUR nails. if you cut too closely, it's going to hurt.

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LinusMom
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Oct 10, 2008

There is what is called a 'quick' inside the nail- if you can avoid it, nail trimming is painless, but accidents often happen and the quick gets nipped. This causes pain and bleeding, which can lead to the animal fearing nail trims and acting out when it sees the clippers. We are planning on getting the electronic nail file, brilliant idea!

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Melissa F.
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Oct 09, 2008

Think of it as if you were to cut your nails too short, it hurts, but it's not extremely painful. And it doesn't take long to heal.

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melissa f.
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Oct 09, 2008

I like the comment on using the dremel tool. When I first had our Am.Eskies, they cried and attempted to run away when I would clip their nails. Shortly after, my husband bought a dremal tool, and I use it to smooth their nails. What a sanity saver!

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Carol L.
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Oct 09, 2008

As long as you are careful and do not cut into the quick there is no pain but many dogs do not like to have their nails clipped. I use a electric rotary file I think it is better than clipping and my dogs like it better.

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M C.
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Oct 09, 2008

My vet told me that when you are trimming your dogs, cats, or birds nails, the thick part at the top is the part with the quick in it and the skinny stuff at the bottom is what you can cut.

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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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Moriah7
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Oct 09, 2008

I have seen this also advertized-My Aunt has ordered it. Will let you know how she like it.

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Ethel02
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Oct 09, 2008

It hurts if you cut to close, if the nails are light you can see the vein, if not try filing, or let the Vet or most Vet techs will do it, mine do but I have a great relationship with my Vet, my girls go when they need him, I'm not a once a year visitor and he does treat me like a valued patient, if you taking about the peticure or whatever it is that runs on batteries, some people love it, my Vet ordered 2 of them, he had just gotten them the day I bought my Lab in for a check, he was still laughing when I came in, he has a Lab too & his dog was there so he had me try it, it did absolutely nothing, he trashed them while I was there, so anyway if you cut them it does hurt, imagine if you caught your nail and pulled it away from the skin underneath

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