How to clip your pet's nails
Did you know that your pet likes to be groomed, just like you? When a pet’s nails get too long they press into the ground and hurt the paw. This can also result in your pet sliding around and falling. When you start to hear tap, tap, tap on the ground when you’re pet’s running by, it’s already past nail clipping time.
Just like people and cars, pets require preventative maintenance. By focusing on problems before they exist, you’ll save you and your pet heartache and physical pain. Last month we described the proper way to brush and comb your pet, today we’re here to help you clip their nails.
What you need:
1 Resco Nail Clipper (Guillotine or Scissor)
Styptic Powder (optional)
The first step in clipping your pet’s nails is making sure they’re calm and secure. Hold your pet, or have someone else hold them securely, but calmly. Also, make sure they can’t move their paws around too much. If your pet gets fussy, feed them a treat and continue the process.
Next, hold the paw in your hand and snip the tip of the nail off. If your pet has clear nails, you should be able to see the location of the quick inside. If the nail is black you won’t be able to see the quick. Just snip the very tip of the nail. The quick is the inner part of the nail, if clipped it will bleed. Don’t be afraid if it does, take some styptic powder and apply it to the wound. This will clot up almost immediately.
Continue through every nail and don’t forget the Dewclaw (this is the nail on the side of the paw.) Once these are all clipped you’re done, great job! Make sure you give your pet a treat and a nice scratch. Don’t forget to enjoy a treat yourself, you’ve earned it! For more tips and tricks please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!
How to comb your pet
Let’s talk about the importance of grooming your pet. Do you comb and brush your pet once a week? If you didn’t answer “yes,” then please keep reading! Now, why do we need to brush our pets? Pets, just like humans, love to be clean! The easiest way to keep your pet clean is to routinely brush and comb them at least once a week. Getting out tangles before they turn into large mats is a great way to prevent an otherwise painful experience.
You may ask, how do I comb or brush my pet correctly? There are plenty of different types of combs and brushes for each coat type, but don’t overwhelm yourself. First, you’ll want to pick up a combination comb and a combination brush.
When brushing your dog it’s important to make sure you are going with the coat rather than against it. Use your wrist to make swift motions through the coat and out to remove any loose fur. The reason for doing this is you’re breaking up any tangled or matted fur to prevent your pet from feeling any pain.
With the comb, you want to make the same strides. Use the coarse side first to break up any mats or tangles, then flip it to use the fine side to comb the loose hair out. Again, this should be done at least once a week. Not only will that make the process much easier every time you do it, but it will make it a less stressful process for your pet.
Make sure you bring lots of treats and use positive reinforcement. Pet grooming should be a bonding experience for owner and pet. For tips on using more of our grooming tools be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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How to choose your collar size
When measuring your dog's neck you'll want to get as close to the neck as possible. You may want to use a string if you have one available, otherwise measuring tape should work fine. Once you have your dog's neck measurement, add approximately 2-3 inches. For example, if your dog's neck measures 10 inches, you'll want to get a 12-inch collar.
Important Note! Chokes are measured from end to end, this means that it includes the hardware as well. This is why you add 2-3 inches to your dog's neck size. If your dog's neck is exactly 10 inches a 10-inch choke will be too small, please view the picture above for your reference. Always add 2-3 inches to your dog's neck size!