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7/25/2008 8:14:15 AM
Posts: 7

I have a beautiful, 7 month-old, black Havanese, and all her nails are solid black. They are getting long and need cutting, but I can't see the blood line. Does any one have experience with this, so I don't clip too short and draw blood?


7/25/2008 10:28:45 AM
Posts: 409
Look on the bottom of the nail and you should be able to see a V shape -- that is the cuticle -- you can safely trim up to that point. Start by taking a little off at a time and working your way gradually closer to the quick.

I use a Dremel tool on my dogs to grind/file the nails down. once they become accustomed to the sound, it's so easy! Here's a website that gives step by step instructions on how to dremel: there is a link on the left hand side that takes you to the dremel section.

One tip for dogs with "fringe" or just plain hairy toes is to put the dog's foot into a knee high stocking allowing the nails to poke through the end. the stocking keeps the hair from getting in the way when trimming or using the dremel.