Clipping Your Dog’s Nails

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Dog Nail Trimming

Dog Nail TrimmingMany dog owners have expressed the difficulty involved when it comes to having their dog’s nails clipped. Many dogs can be cautious of having their nails trimmed because the quick (vein in the nail) may accidentally be cut, which causes them pain. Helping your pet overcome this fear is extremely important and will greatly help your groomer the next time you bring your pet into the grooming shop.

When to Cut Your Dog’s Nails

Your dog’s nails should be trimmed every four to six weeks as overgrown nails can lead to other health issues. Nails that grow too long can curl, causing the nail to curl into itself or into the paw pad, which is very painful and often results in a trip to the veterinarian.

Additionally, an overgrown nail can also cause the dog to step gingerly, throwing off her posture and skeletal structure as well as bringing about back pain. Hence, it is best to pay attention to your dog’s nails and keep them trimmed.

Be Aware of Dew Claws

Dogs who are active and run on concrete naturally grind their nails down. Other dogs have short nails on their back paws because they push off and only need clipping on the front nails.

With all dogs, you need to be aware of dew claws. Dew claws are found on the upper inside of the legs. Dew claws must be trimmed so always remind your groomer to clip them.

Dog Nail Clipping Tips

Relax your dog by touching and massaging her feet. Gently massage her feet and pads. It’s a good idea to start when she’s a puppy. If you’re unable to cut the nails yourself, find a groomer who can tip the nails just to the quick. Watch out for groomers who cut the nails too short or who don’t cut them at all.

As mentioned above, helping your dog overcome her issues of nail trims will not only put your dog at ease, but you’ll also be doing the groomer a favor.

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