Trimming Dachshund Nails
Trimming Dogs Nails Are Important for their Health
An important part of your Dachshund’s grooming routine is trimming his nails. To begin with, it seems as though Dachshund nails tend to be a little longer than some other dogs, or at least we’ve noticed Sampson’s front nails in particular grow quickly. Letting your Dachshunds nails get too long can mean injury and other health problems.
Dog nails that are too long can get caught on carpets or other objects and get pulled from the nail beds. With every step, long nails will impact the ground, displacing the normal position of the toe, causing pain and even lameness in your Dachshund. If you hear too much ‘clickity click’ when they trot around, it may be a sign that the nails are too long.
Their thumbs (technically called, dew claws) if left uncut can actually loop around and grow back into your Dachshund’s foot requiring veterinary care. Ouch.
Trimming Dogs Nails at Home or the Vet/Groomer
You can take your Dachshund to a dog groomer or a veterinarian to have his/her nails trimmed. Trimming your Dachshund’s nails at home yourself is another option, and will also save you money. Depending on how your Dachshund deals with a groomer or veterinarian handling their nails and paws, doing it yourself may be the best option to avoid the potential trauma and stress.
It is fairly simple trimming your Dachshund’s nails at home. Unfortunately, some Dachshunds seem to think you are going to cut not only their nails but their toes as well, and will take some getting used to for them!
This is why it is very important to train your Dachshund from when they are puppies that trimming their nails is worth the treats they will get in return. When they are puppies, start getting them used to being handled and touched on their feet, paws, and nails. This will help a lot when it comes time for that actual nail trimming.
I know with our Dachshund, Sampson, it was far too traumatic and stressful for him the one time I took him to the vet for a nail trimming . For this reason I chose to do it myself at home. Actually, I had been trimming his nails several times before, but then he became resistant, so I thought to try the vet. Ever since that trip to the vet however I became more determined to be successful, and did manage to take control of the situation.
Trimming Dogs Nails – Dog Clippers
There are several different types of pet dog clippers you can use. They are available at pet stores or you can purchase them online.
There is the guillotine type dog clipper, some of which have changeable blades. Always make sure the blade is sharp, as a dull blade can crush the nail and hurt.
There is also a ‘scissors’ type dog clipper that sometimes comes with a safety bar. This safety bar prevents you from cutting too far down the nail. This is the type of clipper I prefer to use on Sampson.
Trimming Dogs Nails – How To
The first thing is to hold your Dachshund in a position such that it is easiest for trimming and visibility. Everyone is different, so choose what works best for you with experimentation.
I place his blanket on the table and place Sampson on the blanket, standing. I then sit on a chair. This allows me to be at Sampson’s ‘level’ making him feel more at ease and not anxious. One at a time, with some nice talking and petting on my part, we get the nails done. While he is standing, I simply lift a paw with one hand and trim with the other. After each nail is trimmed, he gets a small treat. This is important!
‘The quick’ is that part of the claw containing the blood vessels and nerves that supply the toenail. If you cut ‘the quick’, the nail will bleed and your Dachshund will experience pain. For this reason, because we all know that accidents do sometimes happen, keep a bottle of styptic powder within reach when you are trimming your dogs nails.
‘The quick’ is much easier to see on a light colored nail than a dark nail. When in doubt, always cut less than more!
Some days Sampson is more restless than others. Rather than ‘force’ him and turn the whole trimming thing into a trauma experience for him, I might choose to do half of the nails one day and the other half the next day.
Find whatever system works for the both of you, be patient, and remember to reward your Dachshund with treats for his patience during the nail trimming process!
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