How to Safely Trim your Pet’s Nails

Keeping your pet’s nails trimmed is, in fact, vital to their health, more so than the livelihood of your furniture and hardwood floors. For dogs, if the nails are excessively overgrown, it can cause them physical pain when walking. When a dog’s long nails constantly touch the ground, the nails push back and exert pressure back into the nail bed and put pressure onto the toe joint (knuckles), which can realign the natural position of the joints of the front legs.

For cats, when the tips of the claws aren’t clipped, they become very sharp and pointy and can get caught in carpet and other similar surfaces and result in painful, broken claws. Not trimming cat claws regularly can also result in extremely painful ingrown nails if your cat cannot successfully “sharpen” their claws.

How to clip your dog’s or cat’s nails:

  1. Gently grasp the paw and put one finger on the toe pad and another finger on the skin above the nail.
  2. Gently squeeze to extend the nail.
  3. Examine the nail for the quick (blood vessels and nerves within the nail).
  4. Do not cut into the quick to avoid any pain or bleeding.
  5. Repeat with the rest of the nails.

How to grind your cat’s or dog’s nails:

  1. Gently grasp the paw in a comfortable position and put one finger on the toe pad and another finger on the skin above the nail.
  2. Gently squeeze to extend the nail.
  3. Turn on the grinder and gently press the nail to the grinder to grind the nail down.
  4. Do not grind the nail too close to the quick, as it may cause pain and/or bleeding.


In order to make sure your pet is safe from harm, do not cut or grind close to the quick. The quick is the pinkish tissue in the nail that contains blood vessels and nerves. If that is cut, it can cause your pet to experience physical pain as well as bleed profusely. To stop the bleeding, use styptic powder as soon as possible. If the quick is impossible to see, like in pets with black nails, cut and grind with extreme caution. As always, if you’re unsure, ask your veterinarian how to keep your pet safe when trimming nails.

QuickFinder Deluxe finds the quick for you!

The QuickFinder Deluxe Safety Nail Clipper is perfect for large or hard nail dog breeds. These clippers contain a built-in QuickSensor technology that detects the quick and alerts you before you make the cut. When using these clippers, you no longer have to worry about hurting your pet.

The clippers have red, yellow, and green indicator lights. When the red indicator light is shining, you are on the quick. As you move away from the quick, the yellow indicator will shine to let you know you are approaching the safe cut zone. When you reach the safe zone, the green light will shine, indicating it is okay to cut.

QuickFinder Deluxe is a durable, professional-grade pair of clippers with super sharp blades for a clean cut. It includes a built-in safety latch and has spring-loaded comfort grip handles. Batteries are included.



FURminator Nail Grinder quickly and painlessly trims your pet’s nails.

The FURminator Nail Grinder is perfect for cats and dogs. It contains a rotating grinding band that safely smooths and shapes nails without leaving sharp edges, something that is common with traditional clippers. The Nail Grinder even helps keep germs and bacteria to a minimum with its anti-microbial plastic casing.

This 2-speed, cordless grinder is lightweight and compact, making it easy to handle for a variety of hand sizes. It contains a LED light that illuminates the quick for safer trimming.

Each FURminator Nail Grinder works for 100+ hours. Batteries are included. It also includes two grinding bands. Extra grinding bands can be purchased separately.


Win a FREE QuickFinder Deluxe Safety Nail Clipper for Dogs or a FURminator Nail Grinder for Cats!

Keeping your pets safe is every pet parent’s number 1 priority. Safely and quickly trim their nails with a QuickFinder Deluxe or Nail Grinder!  Just leave a comment below, and you could win a FREE QuickFinder Deluxe Safety Nail Clipper or a FURminator Nail Grinder from 1800PetMeds! Two winners will be chosen at random Friday, September 28, 2018, so everyone who participates has a chance to win! There will be a total of two (2) winners. (Limited to residents of the U.S.) Good luck!

Congratulations to the drawing winners: Ann J and David W. Look for an email from us! 

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  1. I do try to keep up with my dog’s nails…I know the importance of it. To have one of these would greatly help me save money and time going to the groomer. Thank you for the chance to win!

  2. Sounds like this would make clipping nails safer & much easier to determine how short to clip. Happy owner- happy dog

  3. I’d love try to the nail grinder. I’ve never seen one before. Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. What a great prize! I have 3 doggies that would appreciate this instead of being stressed out having it done at the vet’s office or groomer’s.

  5. Would love to cut or grind my dogs nails at home with these great tools.
    Thank you !!

  6. Would love to try out these great tools.

  7. I always get so nervous when I need to trim my cats nails. I am always scared I will hit the nerve. Perhaps these instruments would help….

  8. Thank you so much for making these pet friendly nail trimmers and for offering this giveaway. My vet is more than 45 minutes away in another state, so being able to safely trim my dog’s nails at home would be a huge help!

  9. I could really use this for my dogs.

  10. I clip my 5 dogs nails & would love to try the new nail clipper.

  11. I love this nail clipper!!! I would looove to have a pair !
    My Lab won’t sit still for me to trim his nails . He has a nervous breakdown and goes into a panic when I attempt to cut his nails . He outright try’s to bite me !!!!
    He hates getting his nails clipped !These nail clippers find the Quick for you and that’s great , because it lessens the cutting time and the risk for injury to me & my pup .

  12. This is just what I need to trim my dogs nails myself. I would love to try this! Thanks for this giveaway!

  13. I would love to be able to trim my puppy’s nails stress free, I’m terrified I would hit the quick & cause bleeding. This would be a great giveaway.

  14. I would really love this quick- finder. I get so nervous as do my dog when i take her to get her nails done.sometimes they do cut into the quick, and it breaks my heart to hear her yelp out and look at me for help. This item would change everything.

  15. If I dont win the Quick Finder Deluxe Nail Clipper, I will certainly buy one. That looks amazing. I am afraid to clip my dogs nails too short and hurt her. So we usually clip too little and have to do it too frequently.

  16. I never knew they made clippers that can tell where the quick is at. That is great, I would love to win it.

  17. Clipping nails is nerve racking task. I would love the have these tools. My little Sadie means the world to me. This web site has been a great resource for me. Be super clean shampoo has been a life saver. Sadie tends to get yeast skin infections and since using Be super clean shampoo her skin and coat are healthy.

  18. I have 3 dogs as Labrador a chaweenie and a doberman pincher And I am terrified of hurting them when I’m trimming their and nails also they are terrified when I am trimming their nails I would love to not have to worry about hurting them hope I win it would be a great thing for my love ones

  19. We have 3 cats and would love t try this to see if it makes it any easier to trim their nails. Thanks

  20. I really need this.

  21. We have 3 dogs in our family…..all large breed labs. My poor Chocolate Lab….a Vet nicked his bloodline and now he is terrified anytime he sees those clippers! This might be the solution to my problem! Thanks so much, for the opportunity to win one and alleviate some of this stress for my dog. Many thanks!

  22. my dogs HATE when I clip their nails, I wonder if this would help.

  23. This would be so helpful

  24. The FURminator Nail Grinder for Cats would be great for my cat. When my cat stayed outside all of the time its nails stayed trimmed. Now that it has become an indoor cat, the nails have become long and get stuck in the carpet.

  25. Awesome tools! I cringe whenever one of our dogs decide to trim their own nails.

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