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Trimming Your Dog’s Nails: Anatomy of the Dog Nail

on March 16, 2012
How to Cut Your Dog's Nails - Dog Nail Trim DiagramClose-up of dog nail with anatomy labeled

Photo © Cody Mannino

A dog’s nail consists of a hard outer shell and a soft cuticle in the center consisting of nerve and blood vessel. The cuticle is typically referred to as the “quick” of the nail. If the quick is cut, the nail will bleed and the dog will feel pain.

On light-colored nails, it is easy to see the quick (as pictured above). Many dogs have black or darker-colored nails, making it impossible to see the quick. The nail anatomy is still the same. Use this diagram to familiarize yourself with the anatomy of your dog’s nails. The optimum place to make the cut is 2-3 millimeters from the nail quick.

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