How to trim a Shih-Tzus nails

Posted by: Kathy  /  Category: How to care for your Shih-Tzu puppy

Nail trimming:
Keeping your Shih Tzu’s nails trimmed is very important. Without regular trimming, your Shih Tzu’s nails may grow so long that they actually throw the Shih Tzu off his or her natural balance and act as a source of irritation. Neglecting to trim your Shih Tzu’s nails also detracts from the look of an otherwise well-groomed Shih Tzu.

Nail trimmers and techniques:
Guillotine type nail trimmers are the best to use on your Shih Tzu. Hold the trimmers vertically. Grasp the foot of the Shih Tzu firmly, hold the leg up towards you, carefully trim each nail of your Shih Tzu. It may sometimes be unnecessary to trim the nails on the hind feet of your Shih Tzu as they seem to grow much slower than the fore feet. If dewclaws are present on your Shih Tzu, trim the dewclaws as well. The shorter you keep your Shih Tzu’s nail, the better, and frequent trimming will help tighten the feet and improve the dog’s balance. Be careful about the “quick.” The “quick” is a vein that can be easily observed in most white and light-colored Shih Tzu when the toenails are “white.” The “quick” is more difficult to identify in toenails of darker colored Shih Tzu. More often that not, these are black rather than white in the darker colored Shih Tzu.
Nail bleeding:
If the nails of your Shih Tzu bleed after trimming, or if you trim them to close to the “quick,” there is no need for alarm. Always have on hand one of the antiseptic coagulants which you can purchase through any pet supply manufacturer for your Shih Tzu. These substances will stop quickly any bleeding. Use a cotton swab and dab a little of the powder on the bleeding toenail of your Shih Tzu and hold it with a little pressure for a few seconds. The bleeding should stop quickly.

The best time to trim the nails or clean the ears is before you bath your Shih Tzu so that all traces of blood or powder will be washed away. However, the nails of your Shih Tzu will be softer right after bathing.

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