Our Services

Nail Clipping

At Hope Island Vet Surgery, we emphasise the importance of regular nail clipping as a crucial part of your pet’s routine care. Whether your furry friend spends most of their time indoors or adventuring outdoors, nail trimming is essential to maintain their comfort and health. 

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Why is Nail Clipping So Important

The need for nail trimming varies by breed, age, activity level, and living environment, making it important to understand your pet’s specific requirements. 

For active breeds, especially working and herding dogs with compact feet, nails may naturally wear down on hard surfaces. Yet, it’s important to remember their dew claws, which may not wear down as easily and require regular attention. On the other hand, pets with nails that grow more forward may need their nails trimmed more frequently, regardless of their activity levels. Regular inspections of your pet’s nails are essential to determine the right trimming schedule, with a change in the sound of their nails on hard floors serving as a clear indicator. 

Cats, too, need their nails trimmed, with indoor cats requiring more frequent attention than their outdoor counterparts. Neglecting nail care can lead to painful conditions, such as nails splitting, breaking, or even curling back to pierce the paw pad, leading to infection and pain. It’s crucial to trim your pet’s nails before they reach this point, as overly long nails can complicate the trimming process and potentially harm the quick, causing pain and bleeding. 

Our Nail Clipping Services Include: 

  • Expert Examination: Before beginning the nail trimming process, our experienced veterinarians conduct a thorough examination of your pet’s paws to assess the health of their nails and identify any potential issues. 
  • Gentle Trimming: We use safe, sanitised, and sharp instruments to ensure a quick, pain-free trimming experience. Our staff are trained to handle even the most anxious pets with patience and care. 
  • Paw Health Check: After the nail clipping, we perform a quick check-up on your pet’s paws to ensure there are no cuts, infections, or hidden problems. 
  • Advice and Guidance: Our team provides you with expert advice on how to maintain your pet’s nail health at home and how often professional trimming should be done based on your pet’s specific needs 

Frequently asked questions

Are there any breed-specific considerations or limitations when using the hydrobath?

The hydrobath is suitable for all breeds, featuring a high-strength fibreglass tub that can accommodate sizes from Maltese Terriers to Great Danes comfortably. 

How can I make nail clipping less stressful for my pet?

Gradually acclimate your pet to the process by handling their paws regularly without clipping. During clipping, keep the environment calm and offer treats and praise to create a positive association. If your pet is extremely stressed, consider consulting a professional groomer or vet.

How can I tell if I’m cutting too close to the quick?

The quick is easier to spot in light-coloured nails as a pink area within the nail. In dark nails, it’s harder to see, so clip in small increments and look for a dark dot to appear at the tip of the nail, which indicates you are nearing the quick. 

How do you ensure that the hydro bath treatments do not strip my dog’s coat of its natural oils?

The recommended frequency of a hydro bath every two weeks is designed to maintain hygiene without stripping essential natural oils from your dog’s coat, thus preventing dandruff and skin irritation.

How does the therapeutic massage feature of the hydro bath help dogs with arthritis?

The hydrobath’s spray head provides a hydro-combing action that massages and stimulates the skin, promoting blood circulation and offering relief for muscle fatigue and arthritis. 

How often should I clip my pet’s nails?

The frequency of nail clipping can vary depending on the pet’s activity level and nail growth rate, but a good rule of thumb is to clip your pet’s nails every 3 to 4 weeks. Active pets who walk on hard surfaces may naturally wear down their nails and require less frequent clippings.

What are the benefits of the medicated shampoo options, and how do I know if my pet needs one? 

Medicated shampoos provide relief for sensitive skin conditions like allergies, infections, and dermatitis. They help alleviate itching, reduce inflammation, and support healing. A consultation with the grooming staff can help determine if your pet would benefit from these products. 

What are the specific grooming services offered for cats and dogs?

The services include full-body clips, specialised treatments for coat health, nail trims, ear cleaning and plucking, and luxurious baths in a hydrobath. There are also targeted shampoos for specific coat colours or needs. 

What kind of nail clippers should I use for my pet?

For most dogs, scissor-type clippers or guillotine-type clippers are effective. For smaller pets like cats and rabbits, a smaller scissor-type clipper is usually better. Make sure the clippers are sharp and in good condition to avoid splitting the nail.

What measures are in place to ensure the comfort and safety of my dog during the hydrobath?

The hydro bath contains the water and the dog, ensuring a mess-free, hassle-free experience, and is equipped with season-adaptive water to cater to the dog’s comfort regardless of the weather. 


Additional information

Hope Island Vet Surgery is equipped with a variety of nail clippers to accommodate pets of all sizes. We invite you to make an appointment for a nail check and trimming. Our team is also happy to provide guidance and teach you the proper technique if you prefer to trim your pet’s nails at home. Ensuring the comfort and health of your pet’s paws is our priority. Contact us today to ensure your pet’s nails are kept in optimal condition.