by Doris Donnerman
(last updated November 13, 2009)
I have weak nails and so I tend to keep them clipped short. I've noticed whenever I cut my nails, I always have to follow it up with filing, and sometimes I even cut them too short, resulting in some sensitive skin for a while. When it comes down to your canine's nails, the situations are pretty similar. When grooming your dog, you want to file its nails instead of cutting them, and the reasons are pretty similar to why you do what you do with your own nails.
I don't always enjoy cutting my own nails, and it's even less enjoyable when you're cutting the nails of someone (or something) else. When you have to cut your dog's nails, you are at a definite disadvantage. You can't feel what the dog feels (obviously), and so you never quite know when you've cut too much. This can result in a grumpy dog, a nip or two directed toward you, sharp and jagged nails, and even some bloody paws. How can you prevent such unfortunate circumstances? The trick comes in how you treat your dog's nails.
If you file your dog's nails shorter, it yields the same results as when you nail your own nails shorter. The edge is smoother, the process virtually painless, and there aren't any extra steps involved. (Usually when you cut your nails, you have to file them smooth anyway). By filing, instead of cutting, your dog's nails, you'll succeed in sparing your dog a lot of potential pain, and you'll spare yourself a lot of potential frustration. This is a win-win situation.
When it comes time to groom your dog's paws, don't go for the clippers—go for the file! The file is quicker, easier, and definitely much more comfortable. If you file, rather than cut your dog's nails, you'll enjoy a happier dog, and perhaps even a happier you!
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