It is extremely important to keep your dog's nails short and tidy. Long nails can curl into the pads causing pain and are easy to split. Longer nails, especially dew claws, are more likely to get caught or even worse ripped out! We understand that not all dogs like having their nails done. We have owned dogs like that ourselves! If required we will use a muzzle and carefully restrain your dog. At no point will we use any painful or cruel methods to cut your dogs nails. If they are really not happy then we will stop - your dogs safety and happiness is paramount! Some dogs find it too stressful so it is best to visit the vets and have them sedated.
The quick (see diagram) runs through the middle of the nail. It is full of blood vessels so naturally it bleeds if you cut the nail too short. If the dogs nails are allowed to become long, the quick also becomes longer. You can cut the nails shorter but you are limited due to the length of the quick. Over time, with regular clipping, the quick mill become shorter resulting in neat, short nails. We have had years of experience with clipping black nails (where you cannot see the quick) so you can be assured we will take the best care when clipping your dog's nails.