Using a nail clipper can be a tricky for the novice. The
quick, which is the spongy part of the nail, will bleed if clipped. If
this happens use Kwik Stop or cornstarch to stop the bleeding. There are
other product sold on the pet market just for this situtation. It is
painful for them if you cut into the quick and should be avoided.
Using a guillotine type nail clipper place the tip of the
nail into the circle (See illustration). A quick movement of the blade
clips the nail; but first, push down lightly and if the nail has a spongy
feel, don't press any further. The quick shows as a dark area in
light-colored nails. Overgrown nails usually develop a hook, which should
dogs like the Poodle may have trouble with ear infections due to the
accumulation of dead hair, wax and other matter. Long-handled, round-ended
hemostats available in most dog stores should be used to remove the hair
inside the ears. Do not be in a hurry, as you are working in a very
sensitive area. Grasp the hair firmly and with a quick, twisting motion!
The ears should then be swabbed out with Q-tips dipped in alcohol or
peroxide. Clean carefully, but do not probe deeper than you can see.
Should the ears seen painful or foul- smelling consult your veterinarian.
There are a number of dog ear cleaners and remedies available at your pet
shop for troublesome ears.