Clipping dog nails is an important part of your
Schnauzer's health care. Unfortunately though, it is also one of the
most neglected. Why? Because most dogs resist the process and most
owners hate doing it.
The 2 main reasons owners hate doing it is because they are frightened
of cutting the nail quick which causes the dog pain and bleeding and/or
because of the struggle and fuss the dog puts up trying to avoid having
it done. (See How to Restrain a Dog).
But if you begin a regular grooming schedule, your Schnauzer will learn to accept the process and actually become to enjoy it!
In the wild, canines naturally wear down their nails by digging, climbing, gripping, and by traveling on foot for miles at a time encountering many different types of surfaces and terrain.
But our indoor pets need a little help to keep their nails short and well-maintained.
STOP! You Reached the Quick!
Dog nails have a hard outer covering and soft inner part called the quick. The quick is the living part of the nail that contains blood vessels and nerve endings. So always stop cutting as soon as you see a little dark circle appear in the center of the nail. If you do cut the quick and bleeding occurs, use the styptic powder to stop the bleeding.
Trimming your dogs nail weekly is the easiest way to maintain the perfect length and keep the quick from growing out too long. With a bit of practice, you will learn to trim your Miniature Schnauzer's nails with complete confidence.
dog grooming tip: Many vet offices will trim dog nails, if you ask them. So on your next visit be sure to ask your Vet: "Can you trim my Miniature Schnauzer's nails?" Then you can watch how they do it.
Dog Nail Diagram
If you feel the need to restrain your Schnauzer in order to clip its nails, here is how many vet clinics and dog groomers do it:
Have your dog lie on a table and position yourself on the opposite side.
Drape your arms and upper body over your dog (ie lean into the dog as
Use the arm not holding the clipping tool to keep your dog still and lying on his side by resting your elbow on the table and applying a light pressure up under the head and neck region. You are still able to use this hand to lift and hold your dog's paw.
Use your other arm, also draped around the dog's lower part of the body to keep it still, to clip the nails. When needed, you may apply light pressure with your body weight to secure a dog that tries to resist.
Grinding tools can make the chore of keeping dog nails trimmed much easier. A few cautions to keep in mind when using grinders:
• Always push the paw hair as far back away from the nails so the rotary does not grab it while spinning.
• Also, be aware that battery operated or electric tools do become hot when in use, so be sure and check for a comfortable temperature often. After filing a few nails, check to see if the tool has become too hot. If it has, take a break and resume filing once it has cooled.
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