How to trim a Shih Tzu’s nails

How to trim a Shih Tzu’s nails

Many people ask how often a Shih Tzu’s nails should be trimmed. I would recommend that your Shih Tzu’s nails be trimmed every four to six weeks, depending on how fast they grow. Some owners cut the nails a little bit each week. Trimming any dog’s nails is a delicate procedure because a sensitive piece of flesh called a quick is nestled in the nails and is often hard to see. If you accidentally cut it, your dog will start to bleed and experience temporary discomfort. However, it is not at all difficult to trim nails properly if you know how.

Dogs wear down their nails when they walk; the rougher the surface they walk on, the more their nails will be worn down. Because Shih Tzus don’t need much exercise, their nails grow faster than they can wear down, so you’ll need to trim them. And I’ll also remind you that all dogs have dewclaws, which are nails that grow a little higher on their feet. Because dew claws never touch the ground, they can grow very long indeed. If the nails are not cut, they will curl and grow into the pad of the dog’s paw, causing a lot of discomfort and may even break.

What will you need?

o Dog nail clippers. Whether it’s a scissor type or a guillotine is up to you and what you feel most comfortable with. I would recommend talking to a vet or groomer first so you can get their opinion on the best type to use

o Emery (for filing and shaping the nail)

o Hemostatic powder or hemostatic sticks (in case you accidentally cut yourself)

o Treats (optional so as not to distract your Shih Tzu while you work)

o Second person (also optional to help you hold the dog, depending on how stubborn your Shih Tzu is)

How to cut nails

1. Grasp the paw firmly in one hand and apply the scissors to the top of the nail

2. Look closely at the nail to determine where the pink fast stops. You should not clip to this point to avoid injuring the dog

3. As soon as you are sure that you are only covering the dead zone, quickly cut the nail and repeat with all the others

4. Then, using sandpaper or a file, smooth and shape the nail. Use the pointed end of the nail file to remove dirt or debris, but do not dig under the nail

5. If at any point you accidentally cut yourself, apply a hemostatic powder or insert a hemostatic stick to stop the bleeding

As long as you’re careful, there’s no reason you can’t trim your Shih Tzu’s nails yourself and save yourself some money and a trip to the groomer. Just make sure you have everything you need, work slowly and remember to pay attention to your dog’s reactions as you cut.

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