Trimming Your English Springer Spaniel's Nails
Regular nail trimming is important to your English Springer
Spaniels health and well being. Nails that are not properly clipped can crack
and split, which can lead to infection in that area. Long nails can be
uncomfortable for your pet and for an owners leg. A regular trimming, at
least once a week or every two weeks, will save both you and your English
Springer Spaniel a lot of pain and aggravation.
Purchase a good quality
nail clipper, one that is appropriate for your dogs claws. You might also want
to purchase a clotting agent, such as Kwik-Stop, or a styptic pen. It is not
unusual for people to clip a toenail short and for bleeding to occur.
Start by having your English Springer Spaniel lie down or secure him
with his collar and leash.
What you are looking for is called the quick
(pink part of the nail), which is the live tissue inside the nail. This will be
easer to see in yellow nails than dark ones. Here's a tip, shining a flashlight
through the back of the nail will help you locate the quirk. You want to cut
back to the beginning of the quick. Cutting the quick will cause some bleeding,
which happens from time to time.
Black nails can be a little more
difficult to locate the quick.If you turn your dogs paw over and look closely
you will see a little round thick part on the bottom side of the nail, which is
When youre ready to cut, make sure you arent on
the quick, and make a smooth, quick squeeze with your clippers, letting the
nail fall away. If you clip small, thin slices off of the nail tip, you will be
able to see a small black or pink, moist looking disk in the center of the cut
nail. This disk is the start of your quick, and this is as far as you should
trim. Some people do cut the nail back until a slight amount of bleeding
occurs, in an attempt to shorten the nail further. However its not
advisable as it can make for an unpleasant experience for your English Springer
Continue clipping until all of your pets paws are complete and
then you can file down the sharp edges, or just let your dog wear the edges
Every now and then you might hit the quick when trimming.
Dont panic, just blot with a towel and apply your Kwik-Stop, or styptic
pen and this should stop the bleeding after a few minutes.
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