Q: when is it old enough to trim a pups nails?

December 16, 2009 | By Akgirl04 | 4 answers | Expired: 1794 days ago


my pup is about 6 1/2 weeks old and his nails are really sharp. is he old enough for me to trim his nails? some one told me to file them, would that be better? does it matter?

Readers' Answers (4)

Dec 20, 2009

My breeder started my little guy when he was a week old (obviously barely taking anything off), but she finds that if you leave them long it cuts up the mom's belly. He is now done every week, and he doesn't mind it. The sooner you start the better. and don't just start with. My friend started her's with the front only, and they're fine, but now she has a fight to do the back.

Just be careful, and handle the feet a lot when you start, that way your pup isn't scared of being restrained.

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Dec 17, 2009

The sooner and more frequent you do it, the more he will tolerate it when he's older. Its never too soon. when you go to the vet for its shots, have them show you how and where, and what clippers to use. Use nail trimmers, no files or anything of the sort.

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Mary C.

Dec 18, 2009

On a little pup I use people nail clippers and just take off the sharp little tips, it's easy and quick. As the nails get stronger and thicker then use the appropriate size dog nail clippers, you can file an adult dogs nails, puppy's nails are to brittle.

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