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Dec 11, 2011 @ 3:17 PM Cut your dogs toenails too short? Use flour!    
redhairNfreckles


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I didn't want this useful info to get buried in some thread so I started this one.

I just finished cutting one of my greyhounds toenails and on the last one I cut it too short and it started bleeding, and bleeding, and bleeding. Thirty minutes later it was still bleeding even though I had bandaged it well and tried to keep him off it.

Finally out of desperation , I turned to the Internet and found this website and it advised using flour, baking soda, baby powder or even a dry bar of soap. I grabbed the flour because it was the easiest, put about a cupful in a baggie and plunged his foot into it. I sat with him for almost half an hour to keep him from moving.

It has stopped completely, he's sound asleep on the couch and his floured foot looks like a biscuit...

I know there are a lot of us dog owners here and I thought this info would be very useful for those of us who are too cheap to take them to a vet and trim their nails ourselves.

Here's the link....


quick fix
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Dec 11, 2011 @ 4:58 PM Cut your dogs toenails too short? Use flour!    
Loreli


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That's good to know...thanks Freckles!
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Dec 11, 2011 @ 5:42 PM Cut your dogs toenails too short? Use flour!    
DiamondRain


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his floured foot looks like a biscuit...
Just don't put that foot in the oven!

I clip my dogs nails one at a time... one here, one there. It seems to bother him less if it just takes a few seconds at a time and it has worked well for me for many years.
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Dec 11, 2011 @ 6:40 PM Cut your dogs toenails too short? Use flour!    
bluewind37


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I'm a sissy. I'm afraid of cutting too short and hurting my dogs, so, I take the easy way out, I let a professional cut them. Yeah, it's a little pricey with 5 dogs, but, they're worth it to me.
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Dec 11, 2011 @ 7:22 PM Cut your dogs toenails too short? Use flour!    
DiamondRain


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I just leave them a little on the longer side.... just trim them and don't go up to the bleeding point. He spends a lot of time outdoors, so they get some natural wear too. I've never had a problem.

Make sure you are using a good sharp clipper... I've found the dull ones cause the nail to rip. I replace mine every few years.
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Dec 11, 2011 @ 9:30 PM Cut your dogs toenails too short? Use flour!    
redhairNfreckles


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DR, I can't leave them on the longer side because they are way too long as it is. For years, I would let the vet cut them but when they started charging $36 I decided they weren't going to rip me off like that.

I keep putting it off more than I should because Forest is horrible about anyone touching his feet and it's a battle almost every time. I think that behavior all came about from when he was a guinea pig at the vet school lab and almost daily had IV's being started on him, along with other invasive procedures, by the vet students for practice (I got all the medical records when he was rescued by Greyhound Pets of America).

My nail cutters are professional ones that I bought from the vet and have only been used less than 10 times. I know it would help if the greyhounds spent more time outdoors but I can't or else they'll take off. Ever try to chase a dog running 45 mph?
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Dec 12, 2011 @ 1:31 AM Cut your dogs toenails too short? Use flour!    
signme


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The flour, powder, whatever acts as a clotting agent to help the bleeding stop more quickly. (Stop more quickly?? Is that an oxymoron?? LOL) Anyway, same goes with cat toenails. I usually only clip the front paws, not the back. Most of the cats are okay with it since I've been doing their nails since they were little. But Red is really hard to catch and hold (at 18 lbs!) so we play a game! I cut one toenail, then pet him and tell him how good he is. Then he'll let me take his paw again and do another one. Takes forever but is easier than trying to lug him to the vet in a carrier. If I do have to take one to the vet, I always ask for their toenails to be trimmed and ears to be cleaned. Otherwise, "Mama" tries to take care of it at home!
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Dec 12, 2011 @ 1:38 AM Cut your dogs toenails too short? Use flour!    
DiamondRain


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You have to spend a lot of time handling their feet when you are not clipping their nails. I rub Bear's feet and nails all the time when I am around him as if I was clipping the nails but not actually doing it. It definitely helps desensitize his feet. Not many dogs are fond of having their paws handled, but doing this helps a lot... although it takes a while before you get the results. They have to get used to it.

He actually likes getting foot rubs now. that lucky mutt
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Dec 12, 2011 @ 2:00 AM Cut your dogs toenails too short? Use flour!    
DiamondRain


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another tip...

I see a lot of people get angry at their dogs when they do things like pull their feet away when you try to clip their nails (applies to anything else they don't like too)...

I have learned that it is useless to yell at them, threaten them, try to overpower them, etc. ... what nearly always seems to work for me is to take the opposite approach... ply them with treats and tell them how good they are... make it a good experience. If you show anger and frustration every time you do it, it won't take long until they are conditioned to hate it. Having patience and showing praise to try to make it a positive experience isn't the perfect solution, but for me it has always produced better results.

The other thing is that people try this, and when it doesn;t work immediately they give up. It takes a lot of imprints before you get the results. You have to first break the bad vibes.
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Dec 12, 2011 @ 4:07 AM Cut your dogs toenails too short? Use flour!    
defman


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Common sense, here, good. No worries! It's all good!
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Dec 12, 2011 @ 9:34 AM Cut your dogs toenails too short? Use flour!    
bluewind37


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He actually likes getting foot rubs now. that lucky mutt

Sounds typical of a dog.

And I totally agree..getting angry, showing impatience, all that results in is the dog associating it with negativity. It's like grooming them, it has to be enjoyable for them. My German Shepherd, he LOVES his bath! I always joke that when I want the bathroom floor mopped, I'll just fill the tub and let him jump in. Even at 9 years old, he will still hop into that tub. The other 4 dogs, (lab mix) aren't as silly over bath time as he is, but, they like their baths too. And brushing. Yeah, takes almost half the day to give them all a good brushing, but they enjoy that also. My one, Princess, (she is the one that kind of looks like a retriever) loves the brush. She rolls over to have her tummy brushed first.

But, I'm still too chicken to clip their nails myself. And there is a groomer nearby who will clip nails for $10 per dog. The vet I take the dogs to, he charges $29. And we have an avian vet nearby that I take my cockatiel too to have his talons trimmed, that is usually $15.
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