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I find that tiring them out can make nail trimming much easier. We adopted my jrt at 4 mos. & from the get go, I always played with his paws and letting the clipper sit by him helped but he still hates getting his nails trimmed. I find that taking him for a long walk makes him more accommodating. Sometimes I get all 4 paws done in a sitting, sometimes only a nail or two, but eventually they get done.

With my golden, we did the same thing but she still hates it. Luckily she is a good sleeper & I can get the fur between her pads & nails trimmed while she naps. Its like going to the spa for her, falling asleep & waking all beautiful lol
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Originally Posted by Wolfeye View Post
Until last night. OMG, the blood! I thought it'd never stop. I finally found and used a styptic product I had bought a while ago, for such an eventuality, and it did stop the bleeding. Finally. I was worried!
UGH! This just happened to us. I have never liked trimming nails and had read this thread back when you originally posted it, but nothing prepared me for the blood! So much!

I assume that we need to keep the nail area somewhat sanitary for awhile to prevent infection. Will diluted hydrogen peroxide work after he has been outside?

Any advice would be much appreciated.
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The key to the blood problem is doing their nails every single week. The quick will recede and when it does, your dog will not be bled when trimming nails.
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Originally Posted by Prism Goldens View Post
The key to the blood problem is doing their nails every single week. The quick will recede and when it does, your dog will not be bled when trimming nails.
Partly true, but even with short nails you can still cut too much off. It's not like you can see where it is, all the time. Especially with black toenails.

As far as keeping the area clean or covered after a bloodletting, we have never had an issue leaving it alone. Once a good, solid clot has formed it seems pretty impervious to external infection. Dogs aren't susceptible to a lot of things humans are. The biggest fear I have is that he will reopen it, but again, after a good solid clot has formed it's never happened. Takes a good hour or so for the clot to be stable.
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Even on black nails you can see the quick. You just have to begin to shave the nails a little at a time when you think you're getting close. The very top of the quick will be a shiny bullseye in the middle of white surrounding it. If you stop there, they won't bleed, (if they do bleed, flour or cornstarch works better than the styptic powders. Plus they won't sting like the powder does). Getting to only that point will make the quick recede and you can get them shorter next time. Here's a picture of what I mean in regards to the bullseye...
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Thanks for the pictures. We have black puppy nails too here. I've been quasi successful so far - at first by giving him a rawhide strip chew to keep him occupied (which is the ONLY time he got one), but now that he's growing, he's better able to take off with that. This last time, my husband held him on his lap, belly up and standing, and fed him chicken while I got the paws done. I've also been trying to clicker train discretization - not sure that training takes you all the way to getting the nails done, but we're giving it a go anyway. He easily lets me hold the paw, play with it and touch the clippers to it.... but no so happy about the clip. My previous dogs have all had nice pinky nails which are so much easier to deal with.
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