Elsa is my beautiful two years old pointer mix pup. I call her my gentle giant as she is taller than me when she jumped up at six months old.
When she was younger, the hardest thing to train her was not to jump when she was excited. Each time Elsa jumped up, her nails would dig into my skin. I knew Elsa needed a nail trim. I took her in for a nail trim, but when she came out, her nails still looked very long, and it appeared that she had only had the tips cut off. So I opted to do it myself. I looked at her nails, decided how short I wanted them and gave it go. She started bleeding, why would she be bleeding from her nail?
Elsa’s nails are mostly black with the exception of two of them. So I decided to take a closer look. I could see a pinkish-red spot which took over most of her nail, what could this be? I decided to do some research and find out. The red spot in Elsa’s nail is called a “quick,” this is the blood supply… ahh now I know why she bled.
Why did she have such long quicks? Elsa had yet to have a nail trim so as her nails grew, so did her quicks. Did that mean Elsa would always have long nails or was there a possibility of making her quicks shorter? I found out that if I clipped a little off her nail every few days, the blood supply would continue to recede. After a few weeks, I could see a noticeable change in Elsa’s nail and quick length.
Once her nails were short, I only had to trim her nails every 1-2 months to maintain a good length. It may have been a bit of work in the beginning but so worth it.
Written by: Chanel Regan – Pet Care Attendant Lead