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    Hi all. I have a somewhat off topic question about toenails. Mickey turned six months old today.

    The breeder first cut his nails whwen he was about 11 weeks old on Jan. 5. We haven't done anything to his nails since then because they are so short, most of them are actually close to the quick. We walk him about three miles every day on local streets. His nail are very short and blunt. Is it because of the walking on the streets? Does it hurt since they are so close to the quick?

    Thanks.

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    well i trimmed his nails no problem the back were fine it was just a couple at the front was very careful not to cut down near the quick the clippers i have are good i was a bit scared to force down the clippers at first not thinking that dogs nails are thicker than ours but feel confident next time they need done i have also got stypic powder from the pet shop today i havent opened it up yet but it looks like cotton buds with a little liquid in the middle at least i'll be prepared if i have any accidents in future as i cant stand the site of blood i'd probably pass out knowing me
    where would I be without my dog

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    Thumbs up Filing...

    I found that Simon (Ruby Cav) didn't like trimming either. So I picked up a 80 grit nail file at a beauty supply store and used that on him. Well.... he loved it. In fact, as I have him on his back btwn my outstretched legs, he falls asleep frequently!
    It can be a bit tricky getting a hold of the nail and getting the fur away from the filing surface, but its worth it to not have th fights and anxiety....

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    Has anyone dealt with nails that have curled. I took Bubbles (my rescue dog) to the vet recently to try and get her nails cut as almost all of them have curled inwards I guess this is because she didn't get any exercise. One was almost sticking into her paw and although the vet did his best to trim it the nail bled. He had warned that might happen because all her nails are almost down to the quick. But they are very badly curled and even walking her on hard ground won't improve them as she is not walking on the tips of the nails. The vet discovered a significant heart murmur that was untreated so he is reluctant to sedate her unless totally urgent. I would be grateful for any advice. Thank you.

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    a member mentioned these before:
    http://www.peticure.com/
    i plan to buy a pair because id feel awful if i cut them to far.
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    If yours is getting a lot of walking exercise, he may not need his nails trimmed ~ lucky for you! If they seem short enough and you don't hear them "clicking" on the floor when he walks, then they are probably okay.

    But you will most likely need to trim his dew claws, if he has them (sometimes they are removed). They are the "extra" nails on the insides of their legs that never touch the ground. Once they start to curl around, they are really hard to trim and can easily get caught on things around the house and the dog will hurt itself trying to pull away.
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    I gave in with Armani and while we were in town today, we stopped at Petsmart and got his trimmed. It was $12 for the nail trim, ear cleaning and a spritz of spray. I thought it was a little high, but he just wouldn't lay still long enough for me to see where to trim.
    I have no problem with trimming Trace's nails, but I think Armani might have had a bad experience before I got him.
    Idette along w/Armani (Tri) & Tracer - (MS), Goldie & Blackie - kitties

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    Thanks for the advice Kristy I have looked at the video and I think the peticure might work on Bubbles but her paws are very tender and some of the nails are touching the paws so I will try and get someone experienced to use it! If only there was a way of reversing the "curling nails".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kristy View Post
    a member mentioned these before:
    http://www.peticure.com/
    i plan to buy a pair because id feel awful if i cut them to far.
    Quote Originally Posted by mishy View Post
    Thanks for the advice Kristy I have looked at the video and I think the peticure might work on Bubbles but her paws are very tender and some of the nails are touching the paws so I will try and get someone experienced to use it! If only there was a way of reversing the "curling nails".
    Be careful with these types of dremel tools. First, they can heat up the dog's nail if you hold it on too long, and also the cavalier's long slipper hair can get caught in the spinning tool. I read somewhere to put a sock over the cavalier's paw and push one nail through at a time to sand it with the dremel tool - this keeps their slipper safely out of the way. You might want to watch a professional groomer do it first on your dog and instruct you as they do it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cathy Moon View Post
    Be careful with these types of dremel tools. First, they can heat up the dog's nail if you hold it on too long, and also the cavalier's long slipper hair can get caught in the spinning tool. I read somewhere to put a sock over the cavalier's paw and push one nail through at a time to sand it with the dremel tool - this keeps their slipper safely out of the way. You might want to watch a professional groomer do it first on your dog and instruct you as they do it.
    the peticure comes with a cover so that it doesn't suck in the hair. and you only put it on the nail for a second or two at a time. the website has all kinds of videos to watch on how to do it, etc.
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