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Pet Nail Trimming – How to Avoid Clipping a Dog’s Nail Too Short

January 10, 2010 By: admin Category: All Sick Dog Blog Posts, Dog Injuries, Dog Nail Clipping, Dog Nail Injuries and Broken Nails, General Dog Health, Home Remedies for Dogs, PediPaws Pet Nail Trimmer, Pet Nail Clippers and Nail Trimmers, Pet Products, Peticure Dog Nail Trimmer, Stop a Dog's Nail Bleeding, Styptic Powder for Bleeding Nails

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Accidentally cut a dog’s nail too short and it’s not an experience that the dog or pet owner is likely to forget. It can be frightening for the owner because a dog’s broken nail will bleed profusely and it’s difficult to get the bleeding to stop.

It’s important to avoid clipping a dog’s nails too short, as this can be very painful for the dog. If the dog associates pain with nail clipping, it’s very likely that the dog will struggle next time the nail clippers come out!

What’s worse, a dog who struggles and tries to run away during nail trimming is more likely to suffer an over-clipped nail due to sudden movement!

Tip to Avoid Cutting a Dog’s Nails too Short

It’s really easy to clip a dog’s nails too short because the quick is longer than it looks. If you hold a dog’s paw up to the light, you can see the nail quick. But the very tip of the quick narrows and it’s located at the very core of the nail; this makes it difficult to (visually) determine where the quick ends.


Click to Learn More – Dremel Pet Nail Grooming Kit

In short, the quick is longer than it looks. So to avoid clipping a dog’s nails too short try this: Look at the dog’s nail in bright light; determine the point where it looks like the nail ends; the quick extends about 1/8 – 1/6 of an inch beyond where it looks like the quick ends, so it will need to be clipped beyond that point.

If a dog has dark or black nails, it’s best to avoid clipping since you can’t tell where the quick ends. Instead of using nail clippers, opt for a dremel-style pet nail trimmer like PediPaws (pictured above, available for $19.99 at PetSmart) or Dremel’s Pet Nail Grooming Kit (pictured at left, available for $49.99 at PetSmart).

PediPaws and dremel-style nail trimmers for pets are also ideal for dogs who are scared of nail clipping – you know, the dogs who run and hide at the very sight of the nail clippers! To get more tips on how to help a dog who’s scared of nail trimming, read Tips to Avoid a Struggle During Dog Nail Clipping.

Another tip: trim a dog’s nails frequently! At least twice a month; more often if the dog does not walk on pavement (pavement naturally files the dog’s nails a bit). The dog’s nail quick actually grows longer if you don’t trim a dog’s nails on a regular basis. This leaves the dog more prone to painful and bloody broken nails, which can require a trip to the veterinary clinic and anesthesia to fix!

Read this related article on The Sick Dog Blog to learn about products and home remedies to get a dog’s nail to stop bleeding.

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Pets and a New Baby – Baby Sounds CD for Dogs and Cats

December 30, 2009 By: admin Category: All Sick Dog Blog Posts, Baby Sounds for Pets CD, Dog Training and Behavior, Pet Products, Prepare Dogs for a New Baby

Prepare Cats and Dogs for a New Baby With a Baby Sounds for Pets CD ($19.95). Click to Purchase or Learn More. Scroll Down to Preview or Download on iTunes

Bringing a new baby home can be a traumatic experience for a dog or cat. Not only is there a new family member in the household, but this new family member is loud and she occupies nearly all of mom’s and dad’s time!

Helping a dog adjust to a new baby can be difficult, but I’ve found a new tool that’s worked wonders for cats and dogs living with a new baby!

Baby Sounds for Pets CD – Help Dogs and Cats Adjust to a New Baby

Baby Sounds for Pets is a CD for dogs and cats (though birds, potbellied pigs, rabbits and other household pets could benefit from this as well!) This pet CD features baby sounds – crying, cooing, even a temper tantrum! Soon-to-be parents can play this CD during the weeks and months leading up to the baby’s birth to help their dogs, cats and other pets adjust to the sounds of a child.

To understand why cats and dogs get upset when a new baby arrives, it’s important for the pet owner to put him/herself in the animal’s shoes, so to speak. Dogs and cats have an extremely acute sense of hearing that’s many times more sensitive than a human’s. Imagine how frightening and uncomfortable a baby’s cries can be for the dog! Not only is it a new sound, but it’s very loud. And these new, loud, frightening sounds are inescapable, invading the dog’s comfort zone – his home!

This pet CD will help acclimate the dog to the sounds of a baby, eliminating some of the fear associated with the new experience of having a baby in the home.

How to Use a Baby Sounds CD for Dogs and Other Pets

I’ve developed some great techniques for using this baby sounds CD with my dog training clients. I recommend the following desensitization dog training measures to help prepare a dog for baby’s arrival.

  • Start out with a very low volume and then raise the volume gradually (though this baby sounds recording features some automatic volume adjustment in the actual recording  – the cooing sounds are much softer than the tantrums!)
  • Play the baby sounds CD in the baby’s bedroom first.
  • Play the pet CD in your own bedroom and in other locations where the baby will spend time (i.e. the living room).
  • Take a car ride with the baby sounds CD playing if you plan on riding in the car with the dog and baby.
  • Offer praise and treats to the dog when you first turn on the baby sounds CD and then periodically as the CD is playing (especially during potentially upsetting sounds, like crying or a tantrum.)  Offer positive feedback that the dog will come to associate with the sounds of the baby. This will, in essence, train the dog to associate baby sounds with good things (i.e. treats and praise.)

You should use the Baby Sounds for Pets CD as background noise or in conjunction with other sounds. Don’t shut off the TV, your music and halt all discussion – the point is to create a realistic sound atmosphere for the dogs and cats. Another benefit? Parents and siblings can adjust to the sounds of a baby as well!

Baby Sounds for Pets Preview and Music Downloads

Baby Sounds for Pets is currently available on iTunes, so you can preview and purchase individual baby sounds. The following baby sounds can be downloaded for $.99 each on iTunes or previewed:

* Baby Cooing and Gurgling Kristen Overdurf-Abud - Baby Sounds for Pets - Baby Cooing/Gurgling

* Sounds of Baby Crying Kristen Overdurf-Abud - Baby Sounds for Pets - Baby Crying

* Baby Laughter Kristen Overdurf-Abud - Baby Sounds for Pets - Baby Laughter

* Baby Talk Kristen Overdurf-Abud - Baby Sounds for Pets - Baby Talk

* Sounds of Baby Temper Tantrum Kristen Overdurf-Abud - Baby Sounds for Pets - Baby Temper Tantrum

• Sounds of Baby’s Nursery Kristen Overdurf-Abud - Baby Sounds for Pets - Nursery

You can download the entire album Baby Sounds for Pets for $6.93 on iTunes.

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