If you're a pet owner, one way to be more ecOnomical is to groom them yourself. This can potentially save you a considerable amount of money throughout the year. I understand that for some, it's a matter of convenience. I can sympathize; it can be a daunting task if your pet's uncooperative. Enlist some help, it's always easier with two people.
You're probably wondering where the title of this post comes in...
Trimming your pets toenails can be tricky. You don't want to cut them too short or you cut into the quick. :( (The quick contains blood vessels and bleeds easily and continuously.) If this happens you will need a styptic pen.
For those of you who have never trimmed a pet's toenails or are just nervous about doing this, you should ask your vet to give you a demonstration or supervise you in their office. If you feel comfortable enough, you can visit this tutorial on how to trim pet's nails.
During college I managed a pet store and loved helping our vet tech groom the puppies. She taught me a lot. Because of this, I am very comfortable trimming my dog's nails. That said, I still fear cutting them into the quick...just like I did earlier today.
If this happens
I've heard some people recommend using flour. You could, but cornstarch thickens much faster than flour and the point is to stop the bleed right now. That's why I recommend using cornstarch.
Don't forget to stay calm and rub your pet's head while all of this is going on. You don't want them to be afraid or associate fear with getting their nails trimmed.