How can I help recede the quick in my dog’s nails?

Our question this week was:

Besides frequent nail trims, is there anything that can be used to force/help a quick recede in a dogs nail that is over grown? Or is the only other way to get an over grown nail short enough to be comfortable for the dog walking is to cut pass the quick?


Shanette Peters


Dear Shanette,

Thanks for your email. You wrote asking how to help recede the quick in a dogs nail that is overgrown. The only way I know is to trim them once a week. Cut them frequently.

A couple articles that might be useful are:

How to Trim Your Dog's Toenails
How to Trim Your Dogs Nails with a Nail Grinder or Dremel Tool

Best of Luck

Dr. Debra

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