Pet owners probably know the pain of this: trimming your dog’s toes.
Now, this isn’t limited to dogs. When we had canaries we had to catch them and trim their little toesies, and I had to with my cat.
But Tundra, he’s CONVINCED that the clippers are going to take his toes off.
This is a two person, full bag of treats process. USUALLY he gets kenneled enough that we just have the vet do them, but lately I’ve been home (no work) so I can watch him.
He gets two walks a day, which helps wear them down, but they still get long.
I was cuddling him on the couch and teasing his toes when I noticed his dew claws were HUGE. Further examination showed that all of his toes needed trimming, like, now.
We have clippers. We’ve read the how-to articles with illustrations. We just have never actually done it.
I grabbed the clippers and an entire bag of teeth cleaning crunchies – they’re too expensive to give regularly but he loooooves them and how much they stink.
We got him lying down, and I held his elbow with one hand while offering treats with the other, and my husband caught his foot and did the trimming.
Basically it went ‘what a good boy!’, clip, treat, belly pets. Rinse, repeat. Lots of squirming involved too.
We did NOT cut too short – I’m pretty sure we didn’t cut enough.
He ate almost a third of the bag of treats.
Gonna call that a success though!
How do you trip your pets nails? Do you have any tips or suggestions? Inquiring minds want to know!