The Importance of Nail Trimming

Keeping your dog’s nails short is vital for their health. Long toenails cause a myriad of problems for your dog:

  • Pressure in the nail bed when walking, which can then cause your dog to alter the way they walk which then affects joint health and muscles (imagine wearing a shoe that is a few sizes too small all day, every day).
  • Long nails can snag on blankets, carpets, furniture, etc. and might result in a vet visit if your dog gets hurt trying to free themself.
  • If a puppy’s nails aren’t kept short, this can potentially affect the growth of the foot and toes.
  • Can cause your dog to splay their feet when walking which is unnatural.

Maintenence & Trimming Schedule:

  • If the dog’s nails are very long and you’re trying to get the kwik (blood source to the toenail) to recede, you should file, Dremel, or clip your dog’s nails every 3-4 days.
  • Once the nails reach a desirable length (toenails not touching the ground when the dog is standing), you can reduce trimming to once a week or once every 2 weeks depending on the dog. Exceptions may apply, such as a dog whose nails grow very fast.

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If your dog doesn’t enjoy nail trims, join these Facebook groups for help & support Dog Nail Maintenence and Nail Maintenence for Dogs.