|Barked: Mon Dec 17, '07 10:23pm PST |
|This groomer obviously didnt know what they were doing. Even with black nails a groomer should know where and how to properly trim a dogs nails. Granted, those that are unkept tend to have longer quicks as trimming nails regularly maintains the length of the quick. They should also have a styptic powder (kwik stop http://www.absolutelygolden.com/images/Kwik%20Stop%20Styptic%20Powde r%20-%20Gimborn2.jpg) which usually stops bleeding immediately but bad cases wont stop immediately, or will begin again at home or if they've been on a rough surface. An at home remedy for this is also flour, just a dab on the end of the nail, press it in just a bit and you should be good to go. If it continues to bleed apply another coat. Peroxide on a cotton ball can help bad situations also, which will also help get blood out of a dogs coat (hair around the nail).
Trauma due to nail trim- I've seen all too many cases where a dog remained traumatized due to an improper nail trim. In your case, hes skiddish as you said. But seems on his way to recovery. Continue getting him comfortable with his feet touched again. Starting with just tipping is a good idea and based off his response from that, go from there. Always be sure to tell a groomer, even if you're a repeat remind them, about his bad experience. I've seen many dogs who are well behaved for baths and haircuts but want to be biters for their nails due to past experiences. In which case they have to be shown, retrained, that it doesnt hurt when done right. Back to the black nails- there is a curve which every groomer should be well aware of as the cutting point. This should help you understand what I mean- http://www.futurepets.com/nailcare/nailcare.gif
Hope your lil guy comes out ok and you found this information helpful.
As for the price of $10, was this to cut the nails? Was it the total for all procedures for both? Did they not get baths? Two hours seems a long time for something that could've taken 5-10 minutes while you waited if they did not receive baths. And just as an FYI, here in FL a FFT, feet face and tail( even if its just feet and face), is $25 and thats with a nail trim, bath, ears, and glands. It's just like a sanitary (which includes shaving the potty area-$25 with above mentioned included. It's exactly that, for sanitary purposes. Otherwise, just a nail trim is $5 for small animals and $7 for large.
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