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10 Tips For Safely Clipping Your Dog’s Nails

What are the best pet hygiene products to get your pup’s nails clipped with? Find out in this post from Carissa from the Pet Food Lover’s Companion. Here are tips for every type of pet.

If your dog isn’t old enough to do nails cut, it’s time to follow the on-the-job rule. Not too long and too small. Get a reasonable number of teeth clipped that won’t cause major pain or have to be redone later.

I have an upper body of dog who is very stubborn with this kind of treatment. Don’t try to force your dog. Just gently grab the lower coat below the nape of his neck with your fingers (no fingers, kitty, please).

One time I borrowed a pair of scissors from my neighbor’s dog, who still had his hair in the top two coats of his body and was still growing. I trimmed off that second layer and put it back on while he relaxed for 10 minutes. He hopped off without even noticing. I guess he appreciated the extra shred of hair!


Top coat is one that cats can technically have done. However, my vet doesn’t recommend it because she feels that cats are still a lot faster learners than dogs. Top coat can take up to four days to dry out properly.

Give the whole nose an application. Peeing through the wrapping will do the trick.

If you can’t get the upper coat, just use part of the top coat to trim the lower coat.

If your dog can’t do the whole body, just have the full top coat trimmed before pulling the rest of the cuticle.

I’m glad to hear the use of scissors and nail clippers is up in people’s decision columns when selecting pet grooming products. Consider that the last thing you want is your dog licking up a piece of carpet or snail slime from the sidewalk with his paws.

To read a full-size review of pet grooming products, check out the Pet Food Lover’s Companion’s official website.