Pet Nail Clipping

Our trained nurses are available to clip your pet’s nails Mondays to Saturdays.  Just ring our receptionists and book an appointment with a nurse for your pet’s nail clip.   Alternatively you can ask our vets at your next consultation to clip your pet’s nails.

If you are thinking of clipping your pet’s nails yourself, here are a few tips

  • Light colored claws are easier to cut than dark claws as the blood vessels and nerves that supply the claw, called the quick, are easier to see.
toenail including labeled quick and line designating area to cut
  • Cut the claw to within approximately 2 millimeters of the quick.
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  • If you cut into the quick, the claw will bleed and the dog will experience pain.
  • As you cut off small pieces of the nail, look at the cut edge of the nail. The light tissue (1) is the curved bottom part of the nail. The mottled light and dark tissue (2) is the top part of the nail.
  • As you cut the nail deeper, you will see a homogeneous gray to pink oval (3) starting to appear at the top of the cut surface of the nail. Stop cutting the nail at this point as additional cutting will cut into the quick.
  • The sharper the trimmer, the cleaner the cut