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Q: I would like to cut my dogs toe nails, but since there nails are black I can't tell where to stop.

June 30, 2008 | By Diane T. | 8 answers | Expired: 2199 days ago

Diane T.

Does anyone know where I should stop when cutting there nails since there black?

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Percysmom
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Jun 30, 2008

There are also nail clippers for dogs that have a guard on one side. It only allows you to clip the so far up from the end of the nail. You need to be careful with that though, because if you're already starting with a nail on the shorter side the guard may not help much.

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Joanna
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Jul 10, 2008

The easiest way is to hold your dog's paw bottom side facing you, with your dog facin away, so it bends naturally. Snip just the very end, the pointy part, just a sliver. After every snip, peek at the nail end. You will gradually be able to see sort of a spot in the middle, which may look a bit wet and shiny. It's not wet, it's just virgin nail. I stop clipping a nail when the dot of virgin nail is maybe 1/4 the size of the nail end overall. Any closer than that and you risk hitting the quick, which is the nerve ending. Snip that by mistake, and your dog's nails will ache and bleed and he will be wary of you messing with his feet in the future.

A dog living his natural doggy life would naturally wear down his nails on the dirt outside. Since domestic dogs don't walk as much as they should, or even get enough outside time, their nails grow too long. If your dog is on any surface besides carpet, listen to him walk. You should not be able to hear his nails "clicking." If you can, they're too long, and you'll have to snip the nail ends every 2-3 weeks to get the quick to recede to a good length. A good rule of thumb is to clip them every 6-8 weeks. That's not too often; about every month and a half. If left to grow too long, your dog will alter his natural stance to lean back and take pressure off his toes, because they will hurt him. That will throw off the alignment of his body and cause stress and problems throughout his skeleton. So it's important to simply help him out and keep up with keeping his nails clipped.

If your dog is fussy and you have no control over him, try a groomer first to see it done properly.

Best of luck to you and your dog!

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betty p.
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Jul 04, 2008

Ask your vet next time. My labs have black nails. I don't do bad but usually I nick one and use the quick stop.

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