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Doberman Nail grooming tips

Discussion in 'Doberman Health Issues and Questions' started by iceman, Feb 1, 2012.

  1. iceman

    iceman Active Member

    Came across this on facebook today & thought it might be usefull for those who are inexperienced in nail grooming..


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  2. JanS

    JanS DCF Owner Administrative Staff Moderator Hot Topics Subscriber

    Wow, I didn't realize just how long the quick could become. Good stuff Ice!
     
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  3. GingerGunlock

    GingerGunlock Notable member

    Thanks for posting this! (....I really need to trim Elka's nails. It isn't even like she doesn't let me. I just need better trimmers).
     
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  4. Beau'sMomma !

    Beau'sMomma ! Notable member

    WOW ! who knew the kwik could get that long !
     
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  5. Lizzard

    Lizzard Hot Topics Subscriber

    I was just thinking I need to trim Marco's nails... I never have... and GOOD THING I saw this or I'd have a bloody mess on my hands! THANKS for posting!

    So my next question is... how much should you trim from the end of the nail? Obviously I don't want to make him bleed. Is it 1/8"? 1/4"? Or does it depend on the dog?
     
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  6. Marinegeekswife

    Marinegeekswife Hot Topics Subscriber

    This is why I really prefer grinding nails. You grind for 3 - 5 seconds at a time until you see the white spot. No worrying about clipping too far back at one time. But that's just my trimming method of choice.
     
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  7. Katja Henriksen

    Katja Henriksen Forum Sponsor Site Sponsor

    I would go by the feel of the nail. When they are too long they develop a 'hook' on the end. If you feel the bottom of the nail you'll probably know what I mean. It's hard to explain how much to cut off whiteout actually being there as it depends on the individual dogs nails.
     
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  8. Rits

    Rits Admin Administrative Staff Moderator Hot Topics Subscriber

    It really depends on the dog as to how long their quicks are. I too prefer dremeling because you can take just a little bit off at a time and you can get really close to the quick that way. I just use my eyes to see the quick along with my fingers, the texture is different. I'll usually wet my finger and you can see the difference between the nail and the quick.

    This picture shows the quick, once you reach this point, you don't need to go any further other than rounding the nail off.
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  9. Lizzard

    Lizzard Hot Topics Subscriber

    Grinding = dremel? Hmmmm must look into where to buy! :) Thanks!
     
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  10. Lizzard

    Lizzard Hot Topics Subscriber

    thanks for the pic! :)
     
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  11. Marinegeekswife

    Marinegeekswife Hot Topics Subscriber

    You can buy the Dremel specifically for pet nails from Petsmart or you can buy any Dremel from places like Home Depot or Lowes and just use them on the lower setting with the sand paper heads. If you need help let me know.
     
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  12. Ethel

    Ethel Active Member

    Can you post some links with good dremels, please?
    And what is more comfortable for the dog, clipping or grinding?
     
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  13. Marinegeekswife

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  14. Ethel

    Ethel Active Member

    Thanks Jess, I think I will get one. :)
     
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  15. Lizzard

    Lizzard Hot Topics Subscriber

    I just found the link from DoberDawn about how to grind nails and showed it to Patrick. He's playing with Marco's feet, making Dremel noises. I sooooooooooooooo wish I had a video camera right now!!! :D

    www.doberdawn.com - link is on the left "How to Dremel Dogs Nails"
     
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  16. Max Hawk

    Max Hawk Hot Topics Subscriber

    I have never done my dogs nails myself lol.. I have always done so much myself on the horses and all the critters that it's too funny that I have mostly had the vet do their nails! However that being said I'm am going to start doing it myself! The vets and now even the grooming place I use never quite does them to my satisfaction...if ya want something done right do it yourself :confused: My daughter used to have Cockatoos and we always did their nails so I have no excuse for not doing the dogs:eekwtf:I just never have go figure!! It's all you guys fault that I have become so picky about it but they never have gotten them short enough to look really nice and the vet doesn't even care if they are even!! So no more lazy me the new and improved me is going to get a dremel and sigh do it myself geez! Anywho thanks for all the info on it.. I have forgotten a lot but I know that when done often enough you can get the quick to recede..All the pics are awesome thanks for posting;)
     
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  17. JanS

    JanS DCF Owner Administrative Staff Moderator Hot Topics Subscriber

    LOL, I think that's real true for many of us. :D

    I had the vet do Della's once when she was in for a spay just because it was a good time to get them real nice when she wasn't fighting us, and he did an excellent job. I don't get ours done as often as "I'd" like because I have Hubby help me and he has a hard time kneeling down for that long so I always feel rushed when he keeps saying "good enough?" and I'm saying "no".... :tap:
     
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  18. Aer

    Aer Active Member

    I dremel Aer's nails since I'm always afraid of the clipping of her nails. Last time a groomer cut her nails she bleed all over the carpet (before we replaced it with the hardwood). It was a huge mess to clean up when we learned that it had bleed before and they stopped the bleeding only to send her home with us. Aer doesn't mind getting her nails dremeled but sometimes she will try to put up a fight.
     
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  19. Gelcoater

    Gelcoater Expert ThreadCrapper $ Premium Subscriber $ Hot Topics Subscriber

    So,I had a question,and was going to ask for advise.Did a quick search and found this thread.Thanks Iceman!This site is great!! Have questions,do a search,find answers.

    I was thinking even after I trimmed them back they look too long,and nipped the quick on the one my thumb is touching.Looks like we will be trimming a bit more often to get the quick to recede. Daisy nail.jpg

    So? Do these seem too long?
     
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  20. JanS

    JanS DCF Owner Administrative Staff Moderator Hot Topics Subscriber

    They aren't terrible, but if you do a little at a time you can work the quicks back a bit more than that. Our dogs need it too since it's been so hectic I haven't had the time to keep them up the way I'd like.

    Some have suggested that if you put something like Preparation-H on the tips after you've trimmed them as far as you can it will help it recede too, but I can't personally verify that either.
     
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