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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 03-04-2010, 01:05 PM Thread Starter
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How long do you keep their claws

How long is too long?
I have seen some pictures of V's with really long claws and some that are nice and trim.
Is it beneficial for the dog to have long claws for running?



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post #2 of 30 (permalink) Old 03-04-2010, 03:21 PM
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Re: How long do you keep their claws

A vizlsa's nails should be trim and short. Long nails, like my Tika has, can get caught and be broken. I have to trim Tika's claws every few weeks. Gunnr does way too much running to have long nails. Hers are nice and short, and I've never had to trim them.
There is a blood area visible in the nail. If it is held up to light it's very easy to see. Trim the nail close to this area, but do not trim into the blood vein.

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post #3 of 30 (permalink) Old 03-05-2010, 08:47 AM
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Re: How long do you keep their claws

Catan seems to have very long quicks. Is it true that if you trim your dogs nails often that the quick will shorten?
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post #4 of 30 (permalink) Old 03-05-2010, 09:30 AM
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Re: How long do you keep their claws

I have found that trimming them more often helps push the quick back a little, but the best way I have found is to dremmel the nails. You really can get closer, and you can round off those sharp edges...all the better to recieve those vizsla "hugs"!!!
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Re: How long do you keep their claws

Any volunteers to come and do Bruce's nails would be welcome.The vet has given up, it was suggested that if we could suspend him in the air it might be possible to do them.
The thing that solved the problem was when he discovered a mouse hiding in a hole a few weeks ago so I can now get him to dig when he is out and that has made a huge difference.
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Re: How long do you keep their claws

Dremmeling is more effective in getting the quicks to recede than clipping. Most dogs prefer it also because the nail trimmers (especially if they get dull) place a lot of pressure on the quick causing pain.

The key to dremmeling is getting a proper dremmel, using proper technique, knowing when to stop, and never holding the dremmel on the nail for more than 3 seconds. Burning can happen and can be painful!

Another trick is to place hemmorohid cream (preperation-H) on the nail ends after your're done dremmeling. Hemmorohid cream causes blood to recede away...which is exactly what you want to have happen. Call me crazy...but it's true.

I dremmel my dogs' nails every few days. I'm a bit of a psycho though about it, but in my defense I've seen some nasty nail tears in my days at a vet tech.
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Re: How long do you keep their claws

Bringing this post back up instead of starting a new one on the same subject.

We've been clipping Chester's nails every week since we got him at 8 weeks. I literally take mm's off and have never caught the quick. It was all going smoothly until last week suddenly he won't let me do it anymore grr! maybe something triggered it but not sure what. I'll persist this week with no clipping just rubbing, holding of his feet but I thought it might be better to buy one of these dremmel things as I could just point and go?! With the clippers I have to hold the nail to be accurate then clip. He has to be very still.

Not sure where I could get one from? I'm in the UK. Any other ideas welcomed
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post #8 of 30 (permalink) Old 11-22-2010, 11:05 AM
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Re: How long do you keep their claws

Amazon or a hardware store should carry it. It's basically a power tool with lots of uses. I would read up on HOW to do it before you get started on it though, you want to make sure you are using the right attachment (I believe most use the sanding drum?). Also I read somewhere that you should only hold the dremel to the nail for about 3 seconds at a time to keep the nail from getting too hot due to the friction. I am not an expert on the subject so make sure you're following guidance from someone who has done it before you do it!

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post #9 of 30 (permalink) Old 11-22-2010, 11:56 AM
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Re: How long do you keep their claws

Pet stores also have a dremel-type tool by Bamboo that is supposedly quieter than an actual dremel ($30 on line at Petco).

I tried one for a few days when Savannah was 11 weeks old, but there were just too many new things going on - the bright light, her foot being held, her toe being touched, the buzzing of the device, the vibration at contact. She had high-stress even after buzzing the device in her vicinity without touching it to her toes for days before that. We went back to nail clippers for a few months. My plan is to try an actual dremel when she gets older because I like the idea of filing more than cutting. By that time she will already be used to the light, her foot being held, her toes being touched, and a variety of loud noises.
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Re: How long do you keep their claws

wow what a great idea! 8)
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