Nail trims are an extremely important part of your dog’s basic grooming needs. However, most pet parents experience anxiety over the idea of trimming their dog’s nails. Although a lot dogs do not like having their feet touched and will do anything to avoid it, it is possible to keep your dog’s nails properly trimmed. Most dogs can even be trained to tolerate the process.
Why Your Dog Needs Regular Nail trims
Like human nails, dog nails grow constantly. Although some dogs naturally wear down their nails by walking on concrete, most dogs do not spend enough time outside to keep their nails short. This is especially true for small dogs. If your dog’s nails are left to grow they can quickly curl under and grow into the pads of their feet. This leads to painful sores and infections. Even if their nails do not curl under, long nails make it difficult for a dog to walk and can lead to torn or split nails, a condition which must be treated by a veterinarian.
When to trim your dog’s nails
How often you trim your dog’s nails depends on your dog. The rate of nail growth vs the amount of natural wear varies from dog to dog. In order to determine when to trim your dog’s nails, look to see if they touch the floor when your dog is standing. If so, then it’s time for a trim. Most dogs require a nail trim every four to six weeks.
When a puppy should receive its first nail trim
It is extremely important to start handling your puppy’s paws the moment that you bring them home. Offer treats and toys whenever you play with their feet. This will get your puppy used to the sensation and help them associate it with a positive experience. Once your puppy is comfortable with having its feet handled, start with small nail trims every week or two. Be very careful not to cut too much or your puppy will associate nail trims with pain. This can make them fearful of the experience.
Claws N Paws Day Spa offers professional grooming and nail trims for dogs of all ages. Nail trims are given every time your pet is groomed or bathed. Walk in nail trims are also available and can be extremely helpful for getting your new puppy or dog used to the grooming experience. For more information, please call us at 714-962-1005.
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