Nail Trimming

Often, the most challenging part about trimming nails is trying to identify how much of the nail can be safely removed. In this picture, the black arrow identifies where the sensitive structures of the nail begin. The nail should not be trimmed below this point. In light colored nails, this area can be identified by the transition from light colored nail to a pink coloration. The white arrow identifies the proper location to safely trim the nail.


After the appropriate area for trimming the nail has been identified, the nail trimming device should be placed over the nail. Gently squeeze the instrument until it is touching the nail. Make sure the trimmers are in the right place, and then in one quick motion clip the nail completely off. Be sure to use sharp trimmers. If the trimmers are dull or the cutting motion on the nail is done slowly, the nail has the tendency to fray and split.


The nail in this picture has been cut properly. If bleeding does occur after the nail has been trimmed, simply apply direct pressure to the nail with a sterile cotton ball or pad. Keep the pet relaxed and confined to allow the blood to sufficiently coagulate. If bleeding cannot be stopped, seek professional help. A video of this procedure is found below.


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