|Barked: Mon Apr 8, '13 7:56am PST |
|Even in white nails the quick can sometimes be longer than it appears to be. I've accidentally quicked dogs from just taking the white part off the nail before, being nowhere near the pink, but that vein can fool ya sometimes.. There's not much to be said about carelessness... even the most experienced groomer has quicked more than a few dogs in their career. It's unfortunate, but it happens sometimes.
That said, I trim Ava and Nix's nails about every 2 to 3 weeks or so, whenever the tip of their nail grows sharp. I just take the very tip off. I use a trimmer since they've never really gotten used to the dremel, but it's really personal preference and what your dog tolerates. Theirs click on the ground when they walk, but they don't touch when they're just standing still.
If you use the dremel consistently every 2 weeks to get the nail as short as possible the quick should eventually start to retract, but some dogs just seem to naturally have longer quicks than others. Her nails look like they're a good length in her photo, so I'd just work at maintaining that length by dremeling only once a month or so, depending how fast they grow.
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