Trimming nails on a feisty Tripawd isn’t that much easier than working on a quadpawd, but these inexpensive tools make the process painless.
When it came to nail trimming, we tried all the tricks with our rear-leg amputee Wyatt Ray.
We couldn’t even bribe him with the tastiest treats, after we accidentally cut to the quick and he bled all over the carpet.
We resorted to getting his nails trimmed at a vet clinic, but our frugal-minded selves knew there had to be a better way.
After we learned that the vet techs got him to calm down by using a muzzle, we thought, “Hey! Why can’t we do that?”
The Muzzle and the Cap
Here’s how we trim Wyatt’s nails using both tools:
- Sit on the floor and give him lots of treats
- Come up from behind him and gently place the muzzle on his snout (whoops! we accidentally put it on upside down this time!)
- Next, quickly slide the Calming Cap over the muzzle and his head.
- Feed him treats while simultaneously cutting his nails.
The Premier Gentle Leader Calming Cap is a humane, painless fabric head sock for dogs that helps them stay calm when under duress.
By keeping a lightly screened, sheer piece of fabric over their eyes, the Calming Cap “makes the dog’s vision indistinct, which reduces the visual stimulus and enables the dog to remain calm,” according to the manufacturer. It’s worked wonders on Wyatt during our travels.
Wyatt instantly surrenders to the Calming Cap and the muzzle. He doesn’t whine, bark, squirm, bite or paw at us. He simply lays there and let us do the deed. We can trim all three paws in less than five minutes.
We have yet to use our Oster Gentle Paws Cordless Nail Trimmer that he ran from after last year’s nail catastrophe, but maybe when we’ve done this fast nail clipper process several more times we might.
Many people think that a three-pawed dog’s nails are easier to work on but if the dog is feisty and feet phobic, you’ll need to pull out all the stops to get him to relax. As we found, it’s not difficult at all when you have the right tools!
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