Dogs and cats overgrown nails will drag on the ground and make walking or running uncomfortable. If the nails are not trimmed regularly, they can curve back into the skin, which is very painful, and cause infection. Dogs need their nails clipped every week or two; cats need their nails clipped once a month. Use only a nail trimmer designed for dogs and cats, do not use scissors!
Reward the pet with treat and praise. Cats retract their claws--you'll need to gently press the paw between your finger and thumb to expose the nail. Trim only where the nail begins to curve downward. Trim only small amount at a time.
Always cut below the pink line; dark nails only trim the curved part. Cutting the quick is painful and if bleeding occurs, sprinkle cornstarch or hold a gauze pad and press until the nail bleeding stops.
You can watch a YouTube video, where a veterinarian trims dog and cat nails. If you're not comfortable trimming your dog or cat nails, have the groomer or veterinarian trim them.
Professional Pet Sitting Services offered in the Upper to Mid-Pinellas County Area