Ask the Vet: “Is it okay to cut my pets claws by myself?”
Q&A with Dr Pauline Taylor, BVM&S MACVSc
DR. PAULINE SAYS:
There is no reason that you cannot, but only if the claws/nails actually need to be clipped and you are confident to do the job yourself. Some claws may never need a clip. You should familiarize yourself what to do in advance and get the correct nail clippers for the pet involved e.g. I use different types depending on a pet’s size, species and breed. Many animals are sensitive about having their claws/nails cut or even toes touched so it’s a good idea to start handling claws/nails when they are young. Low stress handling of your pet at claw/nail clippings and positively sensitizing them to clipper sounds is essential.