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How To Cut A Dog’s Nails That Are Black

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When a dog’s nail turns black it is sometimes an unpleasant feeling, it just flats out does not feel good.

Some people will ignore this dog nail discoloration but there are others that see it as a problem and are looking to find a solution to dealing with it or trying to find out how to cut a dog’s nails that are turning black or sometimes red.

This is what this article will tell you about and also tell you about the cause and treatment of these black nails that dogs have sometimes.

Let’s dive in…….

Why Does a Dogs Nail Turn Black Or Any Other Color

It is a fact that dog nails coloration can be caused by a number of reasons, and it is always a good idea to reach out to your vet before settling on treating dog nail discoloration.

Some of the reasons a dog’s nail may turn black can be a physical sickness like, fungal and yeast infections, or Natural reactions like Age, Trauma/Injury, and allergies.

In the case of yeast infection and allergies infection, simply going to the vet in combination with giving your dog *the best diet for dogs with a yeast infection* can do the trick of yeast infection treatment in your dog.

And also if it is a case of an allergic reaction, you should also consider veterinary treatment as opposed to trying to treat just the black nail. You can combine the vet visits with a proper raw diet for dogs with allergies before trying to cut the dog’s black nails.

In the case of when a traumatic or injuries event is the reason for your dog’s nail turning black, red, or any other color. It is also a good practice to keep your dog away from traumatic triggers and too much running around during and after the black nail treatment or cutting. This is to help the healing process.

A vet will be in the right position to tell you how best to deal with dogs’ trauma problems and tell you how to find the triggers.

Dog nail discoloration is never an ordinary thing, there is a reason behind it, and it’s usually associated with the dog’s health and lifestyle.

If your vet certifies that the reason your dog’s nail is turning black is due to the dog’s age then it is best to know the best way to cut a dog’s nail that turns black. If you do not cut the nail the right way, you might end up causing the dog’s nail to bleed.

Other reasons why a dog’s nail may turn black can be the presence of a tumor, and this is why it is important to find out the exact cause of your dog’s nail turning black before deciding to cut it in any way, shape, or form.

Some Common Causes of Dog Nail Turning Black

Dead Nails

A dog’s dead nail is prone to turning black before falling off, and I have seen some dogs that has dead nails for ages and it didn’t fall off instead new nails grow on top of it.

This is why it is a good idea to cut off any form of dead nails on a dog, and this should be done with caution.

Out of all the reasons behind a dog’s nail turning black, aging and dead nails are the one thing you shouldn’t worry about.

Dog’s Injury

Dog injuries are normal, but they are an issue of concern. If you are like me and you love that cute playful dog of yours like me, you will want to keep the injured area clean and that includes cutting the dead nail off.

It is very likely that the reason your dog’s nail is turning black might be an injury because dogs play a lot, and injuries are bound to happen. So, it is not a bad idea to not panic when you see a black nail at least until you certify it is worth the worries.

After a dog sustains an injury at the nail area, the dog’s nail will naturally turn black due to the presence of bad blood from the injury. The solution is as simple as waiting out the injury to heal and cutting of the infected nail gently.

Dog’s Age

Age is a natural phenomenon both in dogs and humans, growing up I saw my dad’s nail turn black and hardened, it took me a while to understand that it wasn’t always like that.

This is the same phenomenon as when a dog’s nail turns black. in fact, unlike in humans, a dog’s nail might not just turn black but can also turn yellow or brown due to age.

When dogs are still puppies it is natural for them to have a white or brown nail in most cases, a puppy’s nail is rarely black but it can be black. but as the puppy grows older the nail matures, the color changes, and most Importantly the nail becomes more hardened.

So, in this case, there is really no need to panic, just try to cut the black nails to keep the adult dog’s hygiene, and everything will be fine.

Dogs Environmental Allergies

Dogs can be allergic to anything, food, environment, and so on. There are dogs that manifest their allergic reaction by nail color change.

Although allergies are natural and also genetic, they can sometimes cause a dog’s nail to turn black, or brown depending on the canine breed.

When a dog is allergic to its environment in any way, then just cutting the dog’s black nail can not possibly be the way out. You should take him to your vet and find out the triggers and treatment, after this,

then you can settle for taking care of the nails by trimming or any other recommended style of nail treatment.

Fungal And Bacterial

Fungal and bacterial infection is the most common reason for dog nail decoloration in my opinion. Dogs play a lot, and if you are like me that sometimes lets my dog play in a garden, you will know that there are no boundaries to the amount of dirt that dogs can play in.

It is even harder to remove dirt inside a dog’s finger, So in other to help reduce the risk of fungal infection, I use the Apple Cider Veniege Bath method or the *Epsom salt bath method when I bathe my dog*.

Bacteria in muds and dumps and dirt are just a big reason for these infections and a dog’s lifestyle is prone to fungal infection and another disease.

At the arrival of fungal or bacterial infections, there are tendencies that dogs can experience weird nails and even nail darkening or turning brown.

Also along with nail discoloration, a dog suffering from these infections will also experience excessive itching and self-biting and you will sometimes notice swelling on the body. the swelling can also be hiding in the dog’s foot, also causing the color change.

You should always pay attention to when you notice your dog is constantly stopping to itch or lick the same spot over and over.

The earlier you detect this, the earlier you can go to your vet for dog treatment because at this point just cutting the dog’s nail will not be useful until the bacterial is all treated.

Symmetrical Lupoid Onychodystrophy

This is a dog disease that can also cause nail color change in dogs, although the disease is not that common it is still a factor that can affect nail color.

The Symmetrical Lupoid is a disease that brings about nail misconfiguration in dogs, and in the process of this misconfiguration, nail color change is inevitable

How To Cut A Dog’s Nails That Are Black

If you have certified that the cause of you’re of nail discoloration is not due to any kind of underlying disease, then it is okay to cut it but it is also important that you do it the right way.

1. Make Them Comfortable Before Using Clippers

Dogs are smart, they can feel threatened when you want to start cutting their nail for the first time, so it is advisable to start when they are just pups.

Make them familiar with the clipper, by always keeping it around them, you can even go as far as playing with them using a clipper, so they know it’s not a threat. but it’s better to start when they are just puppies

Then when you are ready to start cutting the nails at all, do it slowly and don’t let the clipper mate sounds that can scare the dog.

2. Don’t be Scare Unless it Is Not Your Dog

Don’t go clipping a neighbors dog, dogs can be sensitive to things like using clippers. If the dog is yours then don’t be scared, they easily trust you.

Take time to learn how to use each clipping before practicing on a dog’s body to avoid bleeding the dog’s nail. Most importantly, don’t be too quick, keep it slow and steady.

3. Position The Dog Properly

Be sure to position the dog properly in a way that gives you access to the nail you are attempting to cut. It is easy for you to be carried away if the clipping is going well, but bad positioning can subject the dog to pain.

My Thought

Dog’s nail turning black is common but can be due to both natural and unnatural causes and a vet should be alerted before thinking of how to cut a dog’s nails that are black and jumping to any kind of conclusion.