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Old 12-18-2006, 01:05 PM
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Question Nails WAY too long - help

Now that we have Butchie and Bell-Bell settled in with us, what can we do about their nails? They are way too long. I don't think the *insert foul name here* that was using them as little breeding machines ever clipped their nails. I trimmed them both back last night, but they are still way too long. If I clip them anymore they will bleed. I don't want to hurt them. Is it too late to fix it?
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Old 12-18-2006, 01:11 PM
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What cute little names! It sounds like you've done your best with their nails. I think its great you can cut them without them going nuts! I end up taking my dog to the vet since she hates getting her nails cut. One thing that helps a LOT---long daily walks on the cement keeps her nails much more managable. I only have to get them trimmed every other month or so.
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Rescued dogs! Lucky dogs!

I also take my dog to have her "nails done", but if you think they will bleed...that might not be an option. LuvMySkippy has a great suggestion. Maybe once they have worn down, they won't seem like such a problem.
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Just keep cutting them. The quick should eventually start to recede.
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I think its great you can cut them without them going nuts!

It's amazing what they will let you do to them if you have liver treats!! They are very food motivated.

Speaking of food - when I adopted them, their previous 'pimp' as I like to call her - was very proud to tell me that they were on good food : Old Roy High Protein. Poor Butchie was so skinny in the hips he just looked horrible. Neither of them had any weight at all to them. Just little sticks. We've only had them a month or so I think and they are already looking better. Butchies 'flea allergy' miraculously has cleared up. Amazing what a good diet and flea preventative will do! They are getting healthier coats, more active and playful, and filling out. They are starting to look like they should have looked in the first place. Makes me so angry that she treated them the way she did.
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Just keep cutting them. The quick should eventually start to recede.

It will recede?? That's great. I didn't know that! Yeh!!

You must have been replying at the same time I was!
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Old 12-18-2006, 04:05 PM
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I rescued Dolly and it was the same thing...she looks so amazing with the good food! Her hair was rough and patchy and she had some mange. Now she is silky and soft...happy and energetic. I give her Innova, but there are so many good foods out there nowadays.

I TRIED to cut her nails, treats and all. She turned into a raging lunatic...to the point where if she saw the clippers she ran away. SO, now I take her to Petsmart...where she is so docile that she actually licks the chin of the girl who clips her. Go figure! It's worth the $8.00 to me at this point!
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Yep, like Krista said. If you trim them regularly, (like once a week, even if it's just a tiny bit), the quick will gradually recede. Which is also why it's important not to let them *grow* for long periods, because the quick gets longer and then you can't cut the nails as short.

For those who have trouble clipping their dogs nails, here's an idea:

http://www.shirleychong.com/keepers/nailfile.html

I'm going to try this out sometime, even though I don't have trouble with Beau's nails. It would still be easier and get them really smooth in the process.
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