Author: Diane R Mitchell
Originally Published in GPSSC Der Schnurrbart Spring 2009 issue

It is amazing how many people we meet who don’t even consider the simple grooming steps of clipping their dogs nails. No matter how you choose to do it, it is an important step in caring for your pet. Without having their nails clipped, the nails can actually grow back into the pads of your dogs feet. Long nails can be uncomfortable to walk on as well. There are tons of ways to do your dogs nails. Just pick one and do it at least every month if not every other week as we do in our home.     Most veterinarian’s and grooming shops will do nails for a small fee, but if you decide to use this method, make sure you have lots of treats on hand so the dog will still like going out and being handled by strangers.The traditional nail clipper can cause the dogs nails to bleed if they are cut too far back, but it is also the simplest and cheapest. A common nail trimmer and some quick stop for those times when you do take too much nail off cost less than fifteen dollars. We know from experience that our dogs dreaded time to do their nails when we pulled out the equipment.           There are other ways to accomplish this task that may not seem so bad to you. Pedi Paw is a new tool that was released last fall and has made a big splash with people we know. Everyone who now uses this tool tells me their dogs don’t have having their nails done this way. We don’t use this device because it is just a drummel tool that is covered by a plastic tube. The drummel tool was cheaper and the stone we started with over two years ago has yet to wear out.     No matter what way you decide to get your dogs nails done, just make sure you do it for the health of your pet!