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Tips for Pet Nail Trimmers – Don’t Let the Pet See the Nail Trimmer to Avoid a Struggle During Dog Nail Clipping

February 21, 2010 By: admin Category: All Sick Dog Blog Posts, Dog Nail Clipping, General Dog Health, PediPaws Pet Nail Trimmer, Pet Nail Clippers and Nail Trimmers, Pet Products, Peticure Dog Nail Trimmer

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Looking for ways to avoid a struggle when it’s time to cut a dog’s nails? Many dogs will literally run and hide when they see the pet nail trimmer or clippers. The actual dog nail clipping process can be very stressful for some pets and owners, but there are some simple tips that will prevent a struggle next time you cut a dog’s nails.

Tip to Cut Dog Nails – Don’t Let the Pet Watch While Clipping Dog’s Nails

Some dogs get very anxious when an owner tries to cut a dog’s nails. To reduce anxiety, it can be helpful  to prevent the dog from watching the clipping process.

To to this, create a shield. A baby’s bib can be used for a small or medium dog; a piece of fabric or towel can be tied around the dog’s neck in the case of a larger dog. This will prevent the dog from watching during the nail trimming process.

In addition, cut the dog’s nails while the pet is in a standing position. Bend the dog’s leg at the knee, so the paw is positioned beneath or behind the dog. This measure will also prevent the dog from watching during the pet’s nail trimming. Watching during the nail clipping often triggers anxiety due to the anticipation of discomfort or pain.

Help for Dog Nail Clipping – Offer Rewards and Introduce the Dog to the Pet Nail Trimmer to Avoid Struggles During Nail Trims

To prevent and lessen a dog’s anxiety during nail trimming, it’s important to make the experience a rewarding one. Owners should offer plenty of praise and treats during and after the pet’s nail trimming process.

In addition, owners must introduce the dog to the pet nail trimmer, whether it’s a traditional nail clipper tool or a more modern dremel-style nail trimmer like the Peticure or the PediPaws nail trimmer. Show the nail trimmer or clippers to the dog a few times per day; hold a treat in the same hand and offer it to the dog. Offer generous praise when the dog takes the treat. The dog will begin to associate the nail clippers or trimmer with positive experiences like receiving treats and praise.

Dog owners should also handle their dog’s paws while the dog is relaxing; owners can even offer a doggy foot massage! Some pet owners only handle the dog’s paws when it’s time for a dog pedicure, so it’s important to break that association.

Once the dog is comfortable with the sight of the nail clippers and he’s comfortable having his paws handled, pet owners can begin tapping the pet’s paw and nails with the clippers, while offering praise and treats. This will prepare the dog for nail clippings or nail trimmings, while reducing the dog’s anxiety and fear of nail clipping.

Related Articles on Dog Nail Clipping

Dog owners may enjoy The Sick Dog Blog’s related articles, including Pet Nail Trimming – How to Avoid Clipping a Dog’s Nails Too Short,

If a pet owner accidentally cuts into the quick, resulting in a dog with a bleeding nail, read How to Stop a Dog’s Nail From Bleeding – How to Help if You Clip a Dog’s Nails Too Short.

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How to Check a Dog’s Gums – Checking a Dog’s Capillary Refill Time (CRT)

January 27, 2010 By: admin Category: All Sick Dog Blog Posts, Capillary Refill Time in Dogs, Dog Symptoms, General Dog Health, How to Check a Dog's Capillary Refill Time, How to Check a Dog's Gums

Wondering how to tell if a dog is sick? Check the dog's capillary refill time. Pet owners can do this while checking dog's gum color. (Philip MacKenzie Photo)

Wondering, “Is my dog sick?” Checking the dog’s capillary refill time (CRT) is one way to tell if a dog is sick. Pet owners can check a pet’s capillary refill time when checking the dog’s gum color.

Capillaries are tiny blood vessels situated near the skin’s surface. When you press on the skin, the capillaries momentarily empty; measuring a dog’s capillary refill time can be used to determine if a dog is sick.

A dog with a slow capillary refill time may have low blood pressure, a low heart rate and this can be indicative of a dog’s heart problem and illnesses/conditions affecting the dog’s circulatory system. Slow capillary refill time may also be observed in a dog who’s going into shock.

How to Check a Dog’s Capillary Refill Time

Here’s how to check capillary refill time on a dog’s gums:

  1. Press your finger onto the dog’s gums with a good amount of pressure for 5 seconds.
  2. Release your finger – the spot where you applied pressure should be significantly paler than the surrounding skin. If it’s not, then this indicates very pale gums and low blood pressure – this is a veterinary emergency and the dog will need to be transported to the veterinary clinic immediately.
  3. If the spot where you applied pressure is paler than the surrounding skin, this is a good sign. Repeat step 1.
  4. Release your finger after applying pressure for 5 seconds and immediately start counting (one-one-thousand, two-one-thousand, three-one-thousand, and so on). Count until the the spot has returned to normal color; the same color as the surrounding skin.
  5. Normal capillary refill time in a dog or cat is 1.5 seconds. If it takes longer, this indicates a serious medical problem like shock. The longer it takes for the capillaries to refill (and the skin to returns to its normal color) the more serious the pet’s condition.

How to Check a Dog’s Gums, Photos of Pale Dog Gums and Photos of Healthy Dog Gums

Pet owners should also assess the check the dog’s gum color. To learn more, see The Sick Dog Blog’s related articles, including  how to check a dog’s gums, how to check a dog’s gums if he has black gums, and what it means if a dog’s gums are pale, brick red, blue, etc.

Dog owners may also want to check out The Sick Dog Blog’s article with photos of normal dog gums and photos of pale dog gums.

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