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Old 11-10-2012, 02:19 PM
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Help!!! - Cutting nails and dewclaws

- My 10 week old girl has some wicked little "talons" on her.
- With all the playing, she's inflicted some nice little cuts on the wife and me.

- How long before they can be cut?

- Also, her dewclaws weren't cut when she was born.
- Do I wait until I get her spayed to get them done, or should I do it sooner?

- All help is greatly appreciated!
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Cut them anytime, you needn't wait if they are too long!

Are you able to see the quick on your dog's nails? Be sure not to cut it.

Actually, since she's a baby, you'll want to be working on getting her used to you touching her nails before attempting to cut them. Play with her toes and treat. Do this over the course of perhaps a week until she is comfortable with you touching them. Once ready to give it a try, one treat per nail. Make is a positive experience or it can become a major hassle, lol. You should start doing that touching work a couple times a day starting now.
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Ditto but you can definitely give more than one treat per nail. One of you can also just dole out treats the entire time while the other trims. When you hear them clicking on the floor, they are ready to cut, so it sounds like she is past due! If you can't see the quick, begin by taking the tips off. Try to avoid excessive restraining and keep your voices cheerful.

Also, if the dews aren't well attached and your dog is going to be in shrubby/field settings, they can/should be removed. Spay time is okay for those. If they are attached pretty well and are close fitting to her paw, they shouldn't be an issue and probably don't have to be removed. If you strongly prefer it, the sooner the better while the bone is still less developed.

FWIW, some of our bird dogs who hunt in really rough terrain have dews and they have never been an issue.

I recommend the video by Dr. Sophia Yin that was recently posted in the "weird clipping method" thread.
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We just did our Nyla's talons today. We always use a .. Forgot the name but its a hardware dremmel type of tool. Not specifically for pets but we do a little on each nail and keep moving it (to avoid it heating). Doesn't hurt, they don't get stressed and they come out nice and rounded off. No chance of cutting too short. My parents dog just give paw and we do it. Noane even has to hold her. Nyla was pretty well behaved too for her first time.
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