Beagle Nail Care Overview
The nails on a Beagle need to be cut about every 5- 6 weeks. If they are left to grow too long, they can begin to curl inward and become ingrown which can be quite painful for a dog. If you lose track of when your Beagle is due for a nail trimming, the clickety-clack sound of them on a hard-surface floor will remind you.
Some owners choose to have a dog's nails clipped at the groomers, while others feel comfortable doing this at home. You may use a canine nail clipper or a nail grinder. Personally, we like the grinder much better since it quickly files a nail down super fast and you really don't need to worry about hitting the 'quik', which is a vein that runs down the center of a dog's nail.
In a dog with light-colored nails, you can see the quick as a pink line running up the middle of the nail nearly to the end. On darker nails, you can see the quick by holding a flashlight under the nail.
If you use clippers and do nick this, you'll want to use styptic powder or gel to stop the bleeding that will occur. The only downside to the grinder is that it makes a bit of noise; this is really only applicable to young pups that might be a little skittish. Most Beagles get used to the sound quickly and appreciate that nails are done fast as opposed to an owner nervously and slowly trying to snip them.
If you'd like to see recommendations for grinders and other supplies, look to 'Grooming' in the Beagle Specialty Shoppe.