What exactly do we mean by this? Well, quite literally, we could only take the very tip of the nail off. If we were to go any farther, the nail would bleed. This is because dogs have veins in their nails. Unfortunately, some dogs' veins are very very long, so while their nails seem like they need cut, we can only do so much. We can only go to the quick. At a glance, it sure looks like Scarlett has some crazy long nails that are in need of trimming!
Take a look at my girl's nails and see if you can see the pink inside.
What about a dog with black nails you say? Even trickier! We do our best to gauge the length of the vein based on the shape of the nails, the time between groomings, the age of the dog, etc.
So what's the alternative if you can't trim your dog's long nails as much as you'd like? Walk your dog! It's not a 100% guarantee, but I'd have to guess it's at least 90% for those walking on pavement. That's why Scarlett's nails look so long in this picture; because it was taken just after all of our horrible heat waves. We were not getting many walks in that horrible weather. Now that fall is here we'll have a chance to get those nails back in shape!
Remember, every dog is different not only in their physical make up (one dog with long quicks, another with short) but in every way. One dog may not be phased at all when we are trimming their nails, and I've even seen dogs not take notice when we've hit a bit of the vein. Then there are other dogs who are instantly terrified the second they even SEE the nail cutters. Both of these responses are normal, and we work with them as needed.
Being careful and minding the sensitivity level of your dog ensures that everyone has a good day and a healthy grooming. It makes for a happy pup, and that's what we like to see!
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