Ok I am familiar with cutting any dogs nails...but my boys Tyson and Diesel have black nails and we wanna trim their nails....can anyone give me any pointers on how to tell where the bleed line is?

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Comment by Nicole Duquette on May 23, 2010 at 6:17pm
I succesfully trimmed the boys nails!! Thank you everyone for your help!!!
Comment by Helena Brown on May 23, 2010 at 7:23am
We had a purpose dog nail file for ours as the Vet had one shot at trimming them and had a fit when Angus's nails started to bleed. We found trimming a little at a time was the only way, with I had known about the Dremel though whether he would have let me near him with it would have been something wonderful.
Comment by Vince Golik on May 17, 2010 at 12:40pm
... this is why I use a nail grinder (a carryover from my days of full-time dog grooming). Grinders allow you to have precision in shaving off to the quick... but just like nail cutting, nail grinding takes practice. I have used the small Dremel rechargeable-battery unit -- very cheap at Wal-Mart etc. (around $15-20). This unit is small, lightweight, and well-balanced... I can hold the dog's paw (from behind, of course) in one hand and isolate the nail I want with my fingers, while holding the Dremel in the other, applying pressure light enough to sand off the nail as you go. And as Sophie said, you can go a bit at a time, and when you see the edge you're grinding start to exhibit a small black spot in the center, you're done with that nail.

The advantage (for me at least) to griding over cutting is that you have more precision -- the more practice you get at it, you'll be able to "feel" where the quick is, and stop. Also, your Puggies will get used to the sound (it's not as loud as you may think) and most of my dogs that I still do on the side in my in-home grooming salon seem to actually prefer the grinder over the nail cutters. Dogs can feel the sensation, and to me, it was always harder to "know" that I'm "squeezing" the dog's nails with scissor-type cutters (and don't get me started on guillotine-type cutters!) rather than effectively "filing" the nail, which doesn't squeeze nails at all.

If you go the grinder route, I'd suggest desensitizing the dogs to the sound by bringing it out, letting them sniff it and paw at it if they want, and then put the battery in and turn it on low speed and let them get used to the sound... then as they do, change to the higher speed (the one you'll want to grind with) and let them get used to that.

Good luck... let me know if you have any other questions...

~ Vince

Here's a pic of the Dremel tool I use (the attachment on the tool in the picture is the one you use for nail grinding... it's called a "sanding band")... and by the way, I'm a Registered Nurse, not a Dremel salesman!! :-)

Comment by Sophie on May 15, 2010 at 10:21am
Trim a little off at a time, a very very small amount. Keep cutting if the end is a chalky white. When a little black spot appear then stop, if you go any farther youll hit the quick
Comment by Di's spoiled kids on May 14, 2010 at 3:10pm
Good luck with this job, my kids nails are black also, and the quick is close. You just have to trim a little at a time.

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