Clipping your Shih Tzu’s nails is a pretty easy task, once you know a few basic facts.
As the majority of Shih Tzu spend their time indoors, their nails tend to get longer quicker than your average dog, as their nails do not get in touch with gravel, tar and other rough surfaces on a regular basis.
For this reason nail care starts with frequent little walks around the blog. This will get rid of any sharp points and is also good exercise for your dog.
Some people are of the opinion that it is best to place your dog on a high surface as the dog is less likely to jump, but holding your dog on your lap works best.
Nail clipping steps
- Start by taking the dog’s paw in your hand.
- As soon as the dog is sitting still take the nail clipper and in one swift motion cut the nail. It is always best to use a sharp clipper for this purpose. You can buy a nail clipper at most pet shops and owner will advise you what size to buy. As a general rule the bigger the dog, the bigger the clipper.
- Move on to the next nail and repeat the process until all nails are cut.
- After you have cut the nail use a file to take care of the rough edges. An emery boar also works well for this purpose.
It is best to have a styptic powder on hand to stop the bleeding in case of an accident. This is available at most pet shops.
- To make nail care easy, it is important to train your dog to sit still. Any sudden movements can lead to mistakes and it will be more difficult to convince your Shih Tzu to come for a nail session once you have hurt the dog.
- Be sure to speak to your dog in a gentle voice putting her at ease while you cut the nails.
- Be careful not to cut into the vein running down the dog’s nail. It is visible as a darker part running down the centre of the nail.
- A good time to cut your dog’s nails is after a bath, as the nails are then generally softer and easier to cut.
How often you cut your dog’s nails will depend on how often your dog participate in activities that naturally shorten her nails, but for the average dog a nail clipping is necessary every four to six weeks. It is best to use your own judgement; as soon as the nails are long a clipping should follow.
There is no need to take your dog to the dog parlor every time she needs her nails cut. With a little bit of exercise you will be able to do the job in no time. If you feel uncomfortable doing this, have a look at a professional for the first few times to see how they do it. Once you have seen the procedure I am sure you will attempt it yourself.
Also see : How to Groom a Shih Tzu