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Nail Clipping | The German Shepherd

Another important German Shepherd grooming procedure you should follow is the clipping of the toenails. If your German Shepherd dog lives on hard surfaces, such as pavement, regularly, then you shouldn't have a nail issue with your dog. But if your dog tends to walk on carpets rather than asphalt, you might want to pay a little more attention to your dog's nails. It is advisable to give your dog's nails a quick check while you are grooming him or her to make sure that split or broken nails don't cause problems.

Broken nails are caused by leaving your dog's nails in too long without cutting them, so the best medicine in this case is preventative – trim off a small bit of the nail, a bit at a time, over days or weeks rather than cutting large amounts at once. This will also minimize your risk of accidentally “cutting to the quick” - as the expression goes. The quick is the dark-colored small vein within the nail that feeds blood to it, and if you cut the toenail to short you may nick this vein, causing pain and bleeding to your German Shepherd dog. If you accidentally cut to the quick, use styptic powder, scrape the nail against some soap bar, or place cornstarch firmly into the wound. It is a good idea to keep styptic powder lying around while you clip your German Shepherd's nails.

No matter how careful you are, accidents can always happen, and it's a good idea to be prepared.

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