If you’ve ever taken your dog to get their nails trimmed (a necessary inconvenience for most pups who don’t wear them down otherwise), you know what it’s like to wonder just what magic happens “in the back” of the clinic to get those nails to a healthy length. You might also wonder why this simple act stresses your pets so much sometimes. If you’re like me, you might have thought, waltzing through the grooming aisle at a pet store, “Hey, I could do this!” While not everyone has had the experience of clipping toenails at a vet clinic, it seems like it should be simple, right?
I’m here to tell you, though, sometimes it’s better to leave it to the professionals. Imagine a fifty-pound dog you have to restrain because, she thinks, at home, these stressful things aren’t supposed to happen, at least at the vet I expect it! She squirms and pulls her feet away from your clippers and all of a sudden—clip—you’ve got the quick (the sensitive, living, and bloody part of the nail that really hurts and bleeds a lot when you get too close). If you’re at home, what now? If you’re by yourself trying to clip and restrain at the same time, how can you possibly achieve this without a mishap? And before you know it, you have a dog who is afraid of nail clipping.
It’s true, there’s no guarantee your dog will be more comfortable with nail clipping at the vet’s office (ever tried clipping a Chihuahua’s nails?), but they will be safe there. Not only are veterinarians (and the absolutely phenomenal technicians we often rely on) experts at clipping nails, we are also trained in safe and comfortable restraint of your animals, we recognize behaviors that help us to keep your pets calm, cool and collected, and we also have a special powder that stops a bleeding toenail if something were to happen. Yes, you can buy these powders elsewhere, but, having tried a “pet store brand” one myself, I can say without hesitation that you will be frustrated. Especially if you need to apply pressure while applying hemostatic powders while your dog is trying to get away, while your dog decides to see what that stuff is and lick it off, while you’re by yourself, restraining, clipping, and damage-controlling all at once.
Don’t make this experience for your pet like toenails on a chalkboard! Even though I’ve clipped my own pet’s toenails before, I know for a fact that they do better, and it takes less time when I take them to the vet (I have a friend who is a vet tech who has handled my pets many times and can attest to this). My husband appreciates not having toenails all over the floor at home too… You’ll be less stressed, and your pet will be too if you can keep the scary stuff to the pros, or learn to become a pro yourself!