Cutting your dog’s nails

Cutting your dog’s nails

Your Morkie’s nails must be kept short – for health’s sake. Here’s how to cut dog nails, easily and safely.

Pick the right clippers

Your dog’s size dictates which type of clippers to use. The wrong kind, or clippers that are too large, will crush your little dog’s nails.

A. Guillotine – the dog’s toenail goes into a hole between blades. This one is for medium size dogs. It is not recommended for Morkies, since it can crush their small nail instead of cutting it.

B. Scissor-type clippers are ideal for small dogs like Morkies. Keep them as sharp as possible. Read the directions on the package carefully. And if you’re not clear on technique, check on YouTube for more help.

C. Heavy duty clippers work on large dogs with strong, resistant nails. Similar to pliers. Not for Morkies.


how to cut dogs nails the tools

Scissor type dog clippers are available in any pet store, or online at Amazon. Pick ones for small size dogs / pets, like these. You can expect to pay about $10.00

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Take it slow for your Morkie’s sake

Get him used to you handling his feet, having them touched and manipulated. If he’s not comfortable, you might want to work on that and in the meantime, get his nails cut at your Vet’s by the technician, or at your local grooming parlour.

(Remember, if you’re cutting your Morkie’s nails yourself, you don’t have to cut all four feet at once.)

Still bleeding?

If your dog’s nail is still bleeding after 5 to 10 minutes, or is really spurting, call your Vet right away.

Oh no! I’ve cut the quick!

Don’t panic – there can be lots of blood and it could really hurt your Morkie.

So before you begin, have Styptic powder handy, or plain cornstarch. If you nick the nail’s quick, put your dog’s paw into the powder/cornstarch. It will help stop the bleeding.


Styptic powder to help stop bleeding quickly.

Styptic powder to help stop bleeding quickly.

Don’t forget the dewclaws

dogs dewclawsDewclaws are extra toes, partway up your dog’s legs. They don’t serve any purpose, and don’t get worn down since they never touch the ground.

Most dogs have dewclaws on their front legs only, although some have them on the rear legs too. If your dog doesn’t have dewclaws on his front legs, he had them surgically removed as a puppy.  (Removing them is controversial; supporters say it prevents ugly accidents where the dewclaw can be torn off. Opponents claim it’s a cruel practice.)

For dogs that still have their dewclaws, it’s crucial that you keep them as comfortably trimmed as other claws. Otherwise they can grow right back into the dog’s leg~

An untrimmed dewclaw can be incredibly sharp and much more likely to hook on something. If it does get hooked, it can easily catch on something and tear. If this happens, it’s just as painful as a person having a fingernail torn out, and can will be sensitive throughout a long healing process.

How long should your Morkie’s nails be?

If you can hear your Morkie’s nails clicking on the floor – they’re too long.

OK Let's do it! How to cut dogs nails

Hold the clippers at a right angle to the nail, with the tip of the nail between the blades. Firmly squeeze the handles to close the scissors and cut the nail. Knowing exactly where to trim takes skill. If your dog has clear nails, you can see the live quick, which looks pink. Cut the nail no closer than about 3 millimetres from the quick. If your dog’s nails are black, take a close look and find the curve in the nail. That’s where the quick ends. So again, you can cut about 3 millimetres below that. (3 millimetres = 1/8″)

If your Morkie has dark nails, you might prefer to trim one little sliver of nail at a time, starting with the tip. As you cut slices off, look at the exposed edge of the cut nail. Eventually, you’ll see a grey or pink oval starting to appear. Stop trimming as soon as you see the oval. If you don’t, you’ll cut into the quick, causing pain, bleeding and lots of drama.

Watch this helpful video on cutting dogs nails




  • Be sure and cut at a 45 degree angle
  • Start with the hind legs –  they’re usually less sensitive
  • Get someone to help you keep your dog still if necessary
  • Don’t forget plenty of praise for your pup throughout the process

Can dogs wear nail polish?

Sure, if it’s made for dogs.

You want a pet-safe polish, and there is such a thing. It’s made from all-natural ingredients that won’t harm your dog if she happens to lick or chew her nails.

Most nail polishes for dogs contain seaweed, aloe, green tea extracts and vitamin E, all of which are harmless. In fact, these ingredients can be beneficial to your dog’s nails. Our own polish contains far too many toxins and is too harsh to be safe.

Like people polish, the doggy versions come in a wide range of colours, including OPI Pawlish and Juicy Crittoure.

Funny dog costumes for your Morkie

Funny dog costumes for your Morkie

Here’s one of the best dog halloween costumes for your Morkie, and you can make it yourself in about an hour.

Make your Morkie a beanie baby costume – it’s a perfect for adorable little dogs like Morkies.

Looking for funny dog costumes?

There are lots out there, from the tried and true hot dog costume …to the #1 dog costume, the pumpkin.

More funny dog costumes


Dog Costumes from Pinterest

As you can imagine, these are super-imaginative and fun. And perfect for small dogs.

Turn your Morkie into a Beanie Baby


The Simplest Funny Dog Costume: a Beanie Baby

All you need is a Beanie Baby tag. You can download the instructions here free, and all you need is a colour printer and some light card. Add a ribbon and you’re done!

The Beanie Baby Dog Costume!

Halloween beanie baby costume

Is it live or is it Beanie?

Here are the free downloadable directions: CLICK TO DOWNLOAD




Best dog Halloween costumes

Best dog Halloween costumes

Halloween’s just around the corner. Time to start thinking about dog Halloween costumes for your Morkie. Here are this year’s best funny dog costumes.

Top Ten Halloween costumes for 2018

Star Wars never gets old


Action hero Batman character/princess Animal (cat, dog, monkey, etc.) Spider Man Star Wars character Witch Pirate Disney Princess Ghost Wonder Woman


Pumpkin Hot Dog Lion Bumble Bee Devil Batman character Ghost Cat Witch Star Wars character


Witch Batman character Animal (dog, cat, etc.) Pirate Spider Man Vampire Zombie Star Wars character Slasher villain (Jason, etc.) Wonder Woman

Pumpkin costume for dogs $12.58 in size small.

dog pumpkin costume details

Canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling, not sweetened pumpkin) is the BEST for dogs. If your Morkie has diarrhea, or is constipated, pumpkin saves the day.

Just add about 1/2 teaspoon to your Morkie’s food per day, to solve either problem. Freeze the rest in an ice cube tray, to keep on hand.

Hot dog costume for small dogs

hot dog costume for $14.21

Cowardly Lion costume for small dogs

cowardly lion costume for dog $20.00

The iconic Wizard of Oz movie was produced in 1939. It started out in black and white, then became Technicolor! The first colour movie produced in Hollywood. Everyone loved it; the movie was nominated for 7 Academy Awards that year. However, it took 10 years for to earn back the cost of production, an astounding $3.1 million in 1939. (That’s  ike over $54 million today.)

Dorothy’s famous ruby slippers were stolen from an exhibit at the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota on the night of August 27–28, 2005. In 2015, the Associated Press reported that an anonymous donor has offered a $1 million reward for information about the stolen slippers.They were finally recovered just last month (September 2018).

Shark Week! Shark costume for small dog

shark costume for small dog $12.99

Did you know more people are killed by bee stings and lightning than by shark attacks? Worldwide about 30 people die each year from shark attacks, which means a person has a one in 300 million chance of being killed by a shark.

About two-thirds of shark attacks on humans have taken place in water less than six feet deep. As long as a shark’s back is mostly under water, it can swim easily. A nine-foot-long bull shark can swim in just two feet of water.

Pinata costume for your Morkie

pinata dog halloween costume $19.96

Who knew! The history of the pinata goes waaaay back, to the 1500s in Mexico. Priests used a star-shaped pinata with 7 points, to represent the 7 Deadly Sins (you remember them, right – lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride ).

The candies and other goodies inside the piñata are the riches of the kingdom of heaven, that the virtuous who are able to overcome sin will receive. It’s a lot to teach your Morkie, but….

What is chelated silver for dogs?

What is chelated silver for dogs?

Chelated silver is a great product to have on hand for your Morkie. What is chelated silver spray and what are some benefits of using it?

Chelated silver is a powerful germ and virus fighter; it’s strong enough to fight pathogens, germs, fungus and bacteria with very few side effects.  And yes, it really is made of real silver!


“Silver: The Mightiest Germ Fighter!”

– Science Digest, 1978

Chelated silver is a great product to have on hand for your Morkie. What is chelated silver spray and what are some benefits of using it?

Chelated silver is a powerful germ and virus fighter; plus, it’s strong enough kill off germs, fungus and bacteria with very few side effects.  And yes, it really is made of real silver!


chelated silver as a medical treatment

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Medical research has shown that “silver promotes rapid healing”


Chelated silver, as opposed to just plain silver, means that submicroscopic silver particles are suspended in a liquid base. Because the silver particles are so tiny, they can penetrate cells and kill pathogens.

In fact, these particles are small enough to destroy pathogens of all types, including bacteria, fungal spores, parasites, and viruses.

It is highly effective against bacteria, viruses, and fungal organisms, even when they’ve become resistant to antibiotics.

It looks like that there are no pathogens, germs, fungus or bacteria that can develop resistance to this miraculous silver solution.


Silver was used by ancient Egyptians, Romans, Greeks, sailors, and then by American pioneers. They didn’t understand it, but Ancient Greeks and Egyptians knew that silver had amazing powers to heal. It was one of the original medical treatments that actually worked.

More than two thousand years later, silver ion is still used as a highly valued healing treatment.


It is a liquid antibiotic, anti-viral and anti-fungal that has been touted as treating and preventing an assortment of conditions in both humans and animals.

Research proves it

In 1978, Science Digest reported the results of extensive research and clinical studies into the uses of silver. These studies proved that silver is a potent killer of 650 live tested organisms.

More research, this time performed at UCLA Medical Labs, verified these findings, and supported just how effective silver is against a variety of live viruses.

Where to buy Chelated Silver Pet Spray

Can dogs eat cat food?

Can dogs eat cat food?

If your Morkie is like most dogs, he LOVES cat food. But why? Novelty is one appeal of the cat’s dinner. Plus it smells different and has a much stronger, meatier taste. That’s because cat food has a much higher level of protein than dog food. It won’t hurt your dog to have the occasional bowl of cat food, but cats and dogs should stick to their own specialized meals.

Cat food versus dog food

What’s the difference?

Cats are obligate carnivores

That means they MUST have a lot of protein, in the form of meat.

Can cats eat dog food?

Cat food has high protein levels that they need

  • cats need a lot of meat protein; more than a dog and don’t tolerate the starchy ingredients in most dog food (wheat, ground corn, etc.)
  • their teeth aren’t suited to grinding, like a dog’s or a human’s
  • cat food contains vitamin A and taurine, two nutrients cats need to live healthy, happy lives
  • taurine is an amino acid which is necessary for cats for proper bile formation, eye health, and functioning of the heart muscle
  • dog food is also missing arachidonic acid  – this is one of the essential fatty acids cats need. Dogs need it too, but to put it simplistically, dogs can manufacture arachidonic acid.
  • cats also need higher levels of niacin, a B vitamin, in their food

Dogs are omnivores

That means they can get nutrition from more than just meat.

Can dogs eat cat food?

Dogs thrive on more variety in their food

  • dogs need a diet with more fiber than a strictly carnivorous diet (cat food) can provide
  • the level of protein in dog food is tempered with starch fillers, such as grains, ground corn, or produce like peas
  • over time, too high a concentration of protein, like what’s found in cat food, can cause serious health problems for dogs because all that protein puts a heavy load on internal organs like the kidneys, liver and pancreas
  • protein-dense cat food can cause stomach upset in your Morkie, although most dogs seem to get away with the occasional “treat” of stolen cat food without huge consequences
  • more on Small Dog Breed Food

Can dogs eat cat food? Can CATS each DOG food?

can dogs eat cat food or is it bad?

The downside of dog food for cats

Cats who exist on dog food will be seriously shortchanged when it comes to nutrition. Over time, their health will deteriorate quite drastically.   While dogs who eat too much cat food might get an upset stomach — and in extreme cases they could develop pancreatitis — it’s much more serious for cats to subsist on dog food.

The downside of cat food for dogs

Obviously cat food isn’t made for dogs. It doesn’t have the wider variety of ingredients, and more importantly it is too protein-dense. That can cause an upset stomach, diarrhea and vomiting. But all those symptoms will disappear fairly quickly. The more serious problem with cat food for dogs is, it could cause pancreatitis which is life-threatening. Symptoms of pancreatitis include:

Weakness; Lethargy; Appetite loss; Vomiting; Distended abdomen; Diarrhea; Fever

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