We’ve all been there. You’re playing with your most beloved pet Chihuahua and notice that his nails are beginning to get a bit long. You don’t know how to cut them or what product you should use so you ask the internet for help.
Well here is your answer. The safest method is to take them to a professional groomer. However, if you’re low on budget, you could always do them by yourself! The best way to cut your Chihuahuas nails is with a use of nail clipper. Yet as an inexperienced groomer, there are some important things you need to remember before getting started.
In this article, we will first discuss the following
- Determinants that would indicate that your Chihuahua need its nails trimmed
- The correct kind of nail clipper and other materials to prepare
- How to properly cut the nails
- How to keep your Chihuahuas nails healthy and clean in the future
What are the indicators that your Chihuahua needs its nails trimmed?
Chihuahuas need their nails for balance when they are navigating stairs. Their nails also help them to grip surfaces when they are running around. However, allowing to grow on long periods might put your Chihuahua at a disadvantage. So you might find yourself asking, how do I determine if their nails need trimming?
The most common indicator of course, long nails. Some people say that you should leave their nails alone because they have a natural tendency to trim themselves when they scratch on rough surfaces. However, if you have hardwood floors or smooth tiles, your Chihuahua will not be able to trim his or her nails on their own.
A more accurate indicator is when your Chihuahuas nails begin curling. If you notice that your Chihuahua is struggling with walking or always gets their feet caught on something, then it is because of the curl of their nails. When you notice these, now is a good time to cut their nails.
What kind of nail clipper should I use?
If you don’t have the budget to go a dog groomer then you might find yourself at a pet store looking for a cheaper alternative. The nail clipper is much cheaper and most accessible tool to use to cut your Chihuahua’s nails.
There are several types of nail clippers available in pet stores today but the safest and most appropriate one for your Chihuahua is the scissor type. They are not very expensive and are extremely easy to use even for someone who has never done it before. With this kind of clipper, you can see your dog’s nails through the transparent handle so that you know exactly where to cut. In addition, they are extremely easy to clean.
You will also need to prepare other things such as:
- Nail File – This will be used right after you’ve cut your Chihuahua’s nails to smoothen them down.
- Pet wipes – to clean your Chihuahuas nails and feet after you are done
- Styptic powder – in case you cut too long and the nail bleeds
- Food rewards/treats – To reward your dog after you are done
Clip your chihuahua’s nails the right way!
When you are done preparing the things above, use pet wipes to make sure their nails are clean. Check if there is any dirt or gunk between their paw pads or on their feet and wipe them off before clipping in order to prevent infection. You might also want to soak their feet on water for 5 minutes beforehand so that the nail would soften and be much easier to clip.
After doing so, it is now time to cut your Chihuahuas nails.
- Place their paw somewhere you feel comfortable, visible, and free of obstructions like your knees while sitting down.
- Then, try to clip one of their nails with the clipper just like cutting your own nails. Do this once or little by little until you get close to the pink portion of the nail which is called “the quick”.
- Take note that “the quick” is an area inside their nail that contains blood vessels and nerves. It is where several blood vessels are located. So be sure to stop once you get close to this part or you will hurt your Chihuahuas and cause them to bleed out.
- After doing this with all their nails, use the nail file to file their nails for a smooth finish.
- Wipe their nails with pet wipes once again to clean them to prevent infections
- Use food treats or rewards to show your Chihuahuas how happy you are with their nails being cut.
There you have it! Your Chihuahuas will love you for it and their nails will be the perfect length for them!
How to keep your chihuahuas nails healthy in the future
Keeping your Chihuahuas nails short is easy if you routinely clip them. When you don’t need to clip them, it is equally important to keep their nails healthy and free of gunk or dirt.
You can do this by gently cleaning their nails with a damp towel or pet wipes every few days. If you notice that there is some dirt on their paws, immediately clean it off as dirt can cause infection or discomfort.
In addition, be sure to give your Chihuahuas plenty of time outside where they can walk around freely. It is their way of naturally cutting and maintaining their nails. By doing this, you are also preventing them from getting too long and their nails from splitting and cracking.
Why is it important to keep your Chihuahuas’ nails healthy?
It is crucial to the health of your Chihuahuas to keep them well-groomed, including their nails. Long nails can cause discomfort such as sore feet which may lead to an increase in anxiety or stress. In addition, long nails can contribute to mobility problems and cause arthritis as they get older.
By regularly clipping their nails, you are not only allowing them to move freely but also preventing pain or injury that can come from having too long nails.
Keeping your Chihuahuas nails in good condition is vital for their health. Make sure to clip and file them regularly so that they can stay healthy and happy! It might take some getting used to when you first do it, but just like anything else, if you cut your Chihuahuas nails on a regular basis, practicing makes perfect!