Sit on the floor with your pet and hold your pet in your lap. Firmly grasp your pet's paw and push on their pads to extend the nail.
Maintain a nail trimmer at a 45-degree angle and trim thin slices off the end of a nail. Stop when you see a black dot appear towards the center of the nail. This is the start of the quick and is a visual cue for you to stop trimming any further.
File the nail in a sweeping motion starting from the back of the nail. Follow the curve of the nail to the tip to remove any burs.
If you accidentally cut the quick, use Styptic Powder to wipe off the blood and stop the bleeding.