Dog Nail Care
In the wild, canines wear the nails off running over rocky and rough terrain or digging. The nails stay short and blunt. However, domesticated dogs rarely get the chance for such fun. Their nails grow long and sharp.
For your safety as well as your dog's health, it is important to trim nails frequently. If they are left to grow long, they cause discomfort, deform the foot, and can actually cripple your pet. We have seen nails that have grown all of the way under a foot into a full circle and up into the pad of the foot.
The nails should be cut blunt on the ends. If they are curving, they are too long. If you hear a clicking or tapping sound as your pet walks across a bare floor it’s definitely time for a nail trimming. But it is best not to wait that long - once a month is usually a good rule of thumb for nail trimming. Frequent trimming will also help to move the blood vein (quick) and nerve further back up the nail so that trimming is not painful and does not cause bleeding.
Some pets who will not tolerate nail triming will be comfortable with a nail grinder. However, even this needs some introduction, and grinding can be hazerdous if the hair between the pads or over the sides is too long. Trim those hairs short before grinding the nails.
Learn more about dog nail trimming and how to make it easy HERE