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Nail Clips

Nail Clips are a much needed thing for most dogs. To have their nails clipped is not for aesthetics or stop scratching its for their health and wellbeing.

Nail Clips are included in the price of our grooms.

Booking Details

Just pop in while you’re passing, if we are able to do it there and then we will. Otherwise you can call up and book in so you know we will have time to do the nail clip.

*Coronavirus Update*
Usually we allow walk in nail clips. However due to the Coronavirus we are now only accepting nail clips that are booked prior. Sorry for any inconvenience, but this enables us to make sure you don’t bump into other customers dropping their dog off, also to inform you of any special drop off instructions.

Information we need : All we need is to confirm the time with you.

Appointment time : 10mins

Prices : Please see our Prices Page

Black Nails
The black dots inside the nail are an indicator of how much to cut

Why/When do I need to get it done?

Most dog’s nails will continuously grow throughout their lives. Left unchecked they can cause problems such as

  • Nails curling sideways, causing discomfort and pain an also causing toes to twist
  • The nail snapping. Painful and can cause lots of bleeding
  • Swelling of the toes, if the nails are constantly pushing back it can irritate
  • Curling right round and stabbing into the the pad.

The worst one of these outcomes would be the nails curling right back into the dog’s pad. When removing these nails it will almost always cause bleeding from the pad as it will be a actual puncture wound. This is painful for the dog and leaves a wound on the toe pad that will make walking uncomfortable. 

Inside the dog’s nail is a vein called the ‘Quick’. Letting the dog’s nails continue to grow will allow the quick to grow inside the nail. When we cut a dog’s nails the cut is done close to the quick but our aim is not to cut it. This will cause pain and bleeding for your dog.

Nail Clip Diagram

If the quicks are long it means even after the nail is cut it might still be longer than desired. Keeping on top of nail clips will ensure the Quick doesn’t grow too long.

How Often Should you get them done? : Check your dog’s nails when they are stood up on flat ground. If the nails are starting to push on the ground its time to get them cut. (If you dog rocks back on its feet while it stands use your best call).

If you are unsure we are happy to check, you can even just send a picture.

Nail Clip

What's Involved?

*Coronavirus Update*
When you bring your dog to us, you will need to come round the back of the salon. You will see our logo on the back gate, Come into our back yard, hook your dog’s lead (lock the lead if its an extendable and leave the dog hooked to the other end of it). Ring the door bell and step back and wait for us to come out and collect your dog. 

We will bring your dog in, pop them up on our grooming table. We do use straps for your dog’s safety, we don’t want them jumping off the table. We will then go through each foot clipping each nail. If the nails are clear it can be a lot easier, but we do have some techniques to help with clipping black nails safely. 

While we are doing this please wait out side the salon, preferably out of sight of the dog. Dogs are better behaved when their owners are not around. 

If you are around. Please be aware that some dogs do not like their nails being clipped, but it is important they are clipped. Sometimes dogs might shout out (even before we do anything because they know its coming). If your dog starts to kick up a fuss we will use a few techniques to help like…

  • Distracting
  • Treats (if they are allowed them)
  • T-Touch destressing massage
  • One of us will hold the dog while another clips their nails

If there are rough edges we file these off a little. Once done we return your dog to you and take payment. The whole process should only take roughly 10mins.

Puppy Nail Clip

Additional Notes?

Some extra bits if you were wondering.

What if you cut their quick?

We are often told that customers no longer visit their previous groomers because they cut their dog’s nails and made them bleed. This is a little unfair as even we catch the quick from time to time. Dogs do not always sit still, they may kick or fidget right at the point we are going to clip. The black nails are almost a complete guess, especially the first cut, as to where the quick will be. If the quick is caught, we pack onto the nail a powder that helps stop the bleeding really fast, it also helps clean the area with and antiseptic property. 

My Dog’s Nail started bleeding when I got home.. 

If we ever catch your dog’s nails we will let you know. But sometimes it can occur if we have clipped the nails close to the quick but not caught it and as the dog has walked on the pavement or maybe had a nibble on it they can, on rare occasions, scratch down to the quick, and you might see a slight dot of blood.

I can hear my dog’s nails ‘clicking’ on the floor, Do they need cutting?

Not necessarily. Your dog will always have nails, the clicking on hard floors might simply be down to the way your dog rolls its foot. Similarly, if they walk rocking their feet backwards (bulldogs like to do this), you might not hear their nails clicking but they might need clipping. See above for how to tell when and contact us if you are not sure, we don’t mind checking.

Why do my Dog’s Nails grow really fast?

All dogs are different and how fast nails grow varies from dog to dog, but other factors can effect nail growth, including diet, medication, age, how often they are walked etc. This is something better taken up with your vet.

My dog’s nails scratch me, they need clipping.

Due to the fact we can only clip so far down the nail up to the quick, your dog will still have nails. If you’re in shorts and they jump up at you they can still scratch. Puppy nails being all thin will absolutely still scratch. We do try to make the cut as smooth as we can.

Do we cut cats nails?

No… cats are a lot more wrigglier than dogs, and we are not as familiar in holding them.

we can help with rabbits though… 

Date :  16/02/21
Edited Date : NA
Author : Bob Dent
References : NA