Clipping Your Dog’s Claws

Did you know that overgrown nails can be very problematic for dogs? Keeping your furry pal’s claws trimmed is a small aspect of good pet care, but it’s actually very important. Here, a Marietta, GA vet talks about giving your canine buddy a pawdicure.

Dangers of Overgrown Nails

If Fido’s claws are too long, they’ll become quite uncomfortable for him. Your dog may adjust his gait to compensate. This can put extra stress on your canine pal’s bones and joints, and can contribute to some very painful health conditions, such as arthritis and hip dysplasia. Your furry friend can also get his claws snagged on things more easily if they’re overgrown. This can lead to painful tears, and even infections. Last but not least, long claws can make it harder for your pup to get traction on slippery surfaces.

Clipping Fido’s Claws

Many people are nervous about trimming their dogs’ nails. There is a good reason for this: if you cut too close, you could cut into the quick, which is where Fido’s blood vessels and nerves end. This can hurt a bit, and can also make your pup bleed. We don’t want that! Consider getting clippers with sensors on them. These let you know exactly where to cut, so you don’t have to guess. If you have regular clippers, start by making thin slices. Look closely at each clipping. When you start to see a pale oval appear, stop. Of course, you can always call us to schedule a quick pawdicure!

Oops

If you slip up and do cut too close, don’t panic. We recommend keeping styptic powder or pens on hand, just in case. Apply a bit to Fido’s claw. This should stop any bleeding. Contact your vet if bleeding persists.

Training Hacks

Do you have a hard time getting Fido to sit still for his pawdicure? You may need to change your pet’s opinion about having his paws handled. Teach your pooch to Gimme Paw. When Fido offers you his furry foot, run the clippers around his toes, and then let go and give him a treat. Do this over and over, until your pup doesn’t mind having his feet touched. Once your canine pal is trained, keep the habit up, so he doesn’t forget.

Do you need to schedule a pawdicure for your pet? Contact us, your Marietta, GA animal clinic, today!