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Old December 22nd 08, 04:57 PM posted to rec.pets.dogs.misc
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Few dog owners see clipping a dog as an art. They tackle the scraggly
foot hair to minimize dirty feet tracks but ignore other areas. In
their effort to get rid of unwanted hair growth, owners can forget
that it\'s possible to cause injury during clipping of the dog\'s

Keep your dog\'s breed in mind when you decide to clip his fur. In
longer haired breeds, if the clipping is not done correctly, dust can
accumulate in the coat and lead to skin diseases. Ticks, fleas and
other skin parasites can breed more freely in a coat that is not
properly clipped and cared for.

Toe nails must be trimmed to avoid accidental breaks and painful
walking. Long toe nails cause the nail to turn sideways. In severe
cases, the nail can dig into the foot and break the skin. If a dog\'s
claws are too long, it\'s easy for him to catch them on surfaces and
split or break them.

Injuries can occur easily during toe nail clipping as the "wick"
inside the nail can bleed if it is cut. The wick is the blood and
nerve source to the nail. It\'s what keeps the nail alive. The wick
sits back well within the nail. If the nail is cut too short or if the
nail splinters, however, the wick can become sensitive and exposed,
causing pain to your dog.

Always use sharp clippers for cutting your dog\'s hair and nails. For
nails, purchase proper utensils from your local pet supply store.
Human nail clippers are not suitable for dogs. There are some
excellent new nail clippers available that are designed to minimize
damage and pain.

If you live in a cold climate, do not clip your dog in winter unless
absolutely necessary. Winter seasons can expose your dog to
considerable stress, especially if the coat is insufficiently long
enough to protect him from the cold climate and snowy weather. Dogs
can get frostbite, too.

By the same token, don\'t cut your dog\'s hair too short in summer as
you will expose his flesh to harmful suns rays. While we might not
understand it, a dog\'s fur helps to keep him cool in summer.
Shortening slightly is fine but be sure to leave enough to maintain
this protection.

Avoid clipping your dog when he is unhealthy as it can put more
distress on the animal. Only clip as necessary to remove soiled fur or
broken nails.

You can help to keep your dog\'s nails healthy by walking him on
concrete every day. This will wear down the nail gradually and evenly.
It provides a more natural method of control that avoids your having
to struggle with nail clippers.


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