I'm a bad mom - overgrown dog nails
I have a 7 yo male Shepherd/Husky mix and a 4 yo female Rottie/Cattle Dog mix, both about 75 lbs. I've always been so good about keeping their nails trimmed - once a month in the summers, maybe twice a month in the winter when we don't hike as much. Both are good for it (though I get my husband to help hold/distract them) and I'm very comfortable doing it.
However, the last 3 months have been chaotic, and they've not been done since right before Halloween :o Needless to say, they're really long! Trimmed as much as I could today, but I'm wondering if anyone else has done this before and has a good program for getting them back under control. Can I trim once a week? Or would I be better off taking more off every other week?
I've tried a Dremmel before and let's just say that did NOT go over well. Plus, I've heard that can be hazardous too if you get the nail too hot. I have a metal file and have read that you can use those almost daily, but would be afraid that would just shred the nail.
Worst case I could take them to the vet and have them knocked and mega-trimmed, but I hate to do that if it is something I can get under control myself. Any suggestions?