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What exactly is a dog's "quick"?

Updated: Sep 21, 2018

You may have taken your dog to the groomers or vet and been told that they have long "quicks" and that they were not able to trim the nails as short as you would like.

So, what exactly is a dog's "quick" and what can we do to help them recede?

The quick is the sensitive part of the nail that contains blood vessels and nerves. You can easily identify a dog's quick if your dog has clear nails, as you will see a distinct difference between the casing of the dog's nail and the blood supply in the quick. Dogs with black nails will be more difficult to locate the quick in.

Check out this diagram about receding quicks.

Below is a photo of a dog with long nails and quicks. This dog's nails are trimmed as short as possible but as you can tell the nails are still too long.

The second photo shows a more ideal nail length. When a dog is standing you do not want the nails touching the floor as this makes it painful for the dog.

We hope that the information you learned will help you and your dog reach their nail goals! Be sure to give us a call to schedule your pet's next nail trim! Have a great day! Brooke Schurr Owner/Operator (615)330-1176

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