After walks and hikes be sure to inspect paws. Muddy paws may need to be gently swooshed in a bucket of warm water with a dab of dog shampoo so as not to track dirt indoors and to make it easier for inspection.

Small cuts and scrapes should be cleaned with an antibacterial wash and protected with a bandage or bootie if your dog will allow.  Any cut larger than a quarter inch in length or diameter or that appears deep should be looked at by a vet.

Paw wax is great preventative measure to protect against temperature extremes, chemicals and road salt. Check out our homemade options here!

Depending on your dog’s tolerance you may want to begin one paw at a time, taking a break between each paw for a day until your pet becomes conditioned to getting through the process with little stress.

Many pet owners want to avoid nail clipping all together – and we get it!  Tabby & Jack’s offers nail trims and Dremel filings from our experienced holistic groomers.

Our new Madison location opening this Spring!

We also have complete Pawdicures that cleanse paws from dirt and debris, soak feet for strong and healthy paw pads, and trim nails!  

Check out all our holistic grooming options and book an appointment today! Also be sure to join our online community at Facebook and Instagram for more tips, events and lots of pet fun!

More tips to keep in mind:

The quick is very sensitive and can bleed a lot. If you accidentally clip the quick your dog will let you know. It’s a good idea to have some styptic powder on hand to stop any bleeding (cornstarch can help in a pinch).

For the beginner, it’s best to trim or shave a little bit at a time, so as not to cut too far. Even on black nails, the cross section of the nail after the first clip should show the tip of the quick as you move in closer. Once you see the black dot (tip of the quick) stop!

Some pet owners like to use clippers then move in more closely around the quick using a Dremel/grinder (see below). This is a good practice as dog nails naturally grow longer as they age. To keep the quick from growing too long it’s beneficial to clip or file around the quick on the top and bottom.

Tabby & Jack’s put together a quick reminder on paw and nail care to help you and your dog sail through spring on clean, happy, healthy feet!

Paw & Nail Care


Many dogs (and cats) loathe having their nails trimmed, but there are plenty of options to make it easier on both pup and human.

Once you hear the clickety-click of nails tapping the ground you know it’s time for a trim -- long nails can be painful for pooch. 

Spring is just around the corner and for many that means more outdoor fun! Our pet’s paws have taken a beating during the cold season, and with the spring-thaw will likely endure lots of mud and even old sidewalk and road salt.  

It’s easy to forget about taking care of our dog’s feet, but it’s so important for their health and demeaner. Sore feet can lead to a cranky and less active dog, and in some cases infection.

There are 3 basic types of tools most pet owners and groomers use to trim nails. Whether you’re using scissor-type,guillotine clippers, or a grinder, the trick is to take off the top part of the nail without hitting the quick. The quick provides blood to the nail and can be seen on some dogs as the pink ‘nerve’ within the nail.