All dogs nails contain a blood vessel known as the ‘quick’. Cutting through this blood vessel causes extensive bleeding and considerable pain. Especially in black nails, the quick is not always visible and we will only cut the nail to a length we feel safe to do so. Each time a nail is cut, the quick recedes slightly enabling the nail to be trimmed again within a couple of weeks. Regular nail trimming is recommended in order to keep them to a short length however many dogs will naturally wear their own nails through regular walking (especially on concrete) and in these cases, the nails will not need to be trimmed.