Nail Cutting

Keeping your pet's nails trimmed is not only important for its hygiene but also for its health and comfort. At Redlands Pet Clinic in Grand Junction, CO, we provide nail cutting to relieve any pain your cat or dog may be feeling and improve its overall wellness. Before visiting us, continue reading to learn about the benefits of regular nail trims, how to do it safely, and what to do if you encounter any issues.

Nail Cutting

The Importance of Nail Cutting

Long nails can become a health hazard for pets. They can cause discomfort, lead to improper walking posture, and even result in painful conditions like ingrown nails. Regular nail trimming helps prevent these issues and ensures your pet can walk and run comfortably.

When to Cut Your Pet's Nails

How often you need to trim your pet's nails will vary. A good rule of thumb is to listen for a clicking sound when he or she walk on hard floors. If you hear the noise, it's time for a trim. For most pets, a monthly nail cutting session is sufficient, but some may require more frequent attention.

How to Safely Trim Your Pet's Nails

For a successful and stress-free nail cutting experience, you'll need the right tools and techniques. Some tips that our vet recommends for safe trimming include:

•           Choose the Right Tool: Use a specially designed pet nail clipper or grinder for precision and safety.

•           Identify the Quick: The quick is the pink area within the nail where blood vessels and nerves are located. Avoid cutting into it to prevent bleeding and discomfort.

•           Take Small Snips: Trim just a small amount at a time, especially if your pet's nails are dark and the quick is hard to see.

•           Stay Calm: Your pet can sense your emotions, so it is important to stay calm and collected to help it relax.

•           Reward Your Pet: After the nail cutting session, reward your pet with a treat or its favorite activity.

What to Do If You Cut the Quick

If you accidentally cut the quick, don't panic. Apply styptic powder or cornstarch to the affected nail to stop the bleeding. Comfort your pet and give him or her a treat to make the experience positive.

How Our Veterinarian Can Help

Our team is here to help if you’re not comfortable cutting your pet’s nails at home. We can provide a quick, safe, and comfortable nail trimming experience for your pet. Along with that, our vet can address any questions or concerns you may have and discuss some of our other services with you.

Contact us for an Appointment Today!

To learn more about nail cutting or to schedule your visit, contact Redlands Pet Clinic in Grand Junction, CO, at (970) 245-4060 today. We are happy to provide you with additional details and set you up with an appointment. When you’re looking for a veterinarian near me, we look forward to assisting you!


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