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Dear Daisy Dog

What’s the best method to trim my dog’s toenails?

Daisy Responds

If you are as busy as my mom, the easiest way is to take your dog to the veterinarian or groomer, or have a mobile groomer come to your home.

My groomer files my nails with a cordless rotary grinder, which leaves them smooth and short, without any bleeding.

An alternative is to cut your dog’s nails. If you decide on this option, purchase a doggie nail trimmer and some styptic powder.

Trim off the tip of the nail, taking care to avoid the quick, the pink center that holds the nerve and blood vessel.

If your dog’s nails are black, you may be able to see where to cut if you look at the nail from the underside.

If you cut into the quick and it bleeds, simply dab on some styptic powder.

Repeat the pedicure every month or two.

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