Do your dog’s paws make a clicking noise when he walks? If so, Fido may need a peticure. While, as we all know, cats rather enjoy taking care of their nails, dogs need some help in this area. (Actually, Fluffy may be a bit too enthusiastic about her manicures, but that’s another topic.) Here, a Floyds Knob, IN vet discusses clipping your dog’s claws.
Dangers of Overgrown Claws
Keeping your dog’s nails clipped is very important! If Fido’s nails get too long, they’ll become quite uncomfortable for him, just as overgrown toenails are for people. Your pet may change his stride to lessen the discomfort, which will put additional stress on his bones and joints. Overgrown claws also make it more difficult for your pup to get good traction, especially on slippery surfaces.
As you may know, if you cut Fido’s nails too close, you could cut the quick, which is where your pup’s nerves and blood vessels end. This can cause some bleeding, and is a bit painful. That said, while you do need to proceed with caution, giving your pup a pawdicure may be easier than you think. One good option is to get some clippers with sensors. These will indicate exactly where to cut. Regular clippers also work. If you’re using these, start by making thin cuts and checking the clippings. When you see a pale oval appear, stop cutting.
We always advise our clients to err on the side of caution when it comes to pet care. Keep a styptic pen or styptic powder on hand when cutting Fido’s claws. If you do cut too close, this will stop any bleeding. You can also just call us to set up a quick nail trim!
Does Fido run and hide when he realizes it’s time for a pawdicure? Work on desensitizing your canine buddy, and getting him used to having his paws handled. Teach Fido that when he offers you his paw, he gets a yummy treat. Once your pooch has this figured out, start holding his paw for a moment. Handle his toes, and run the clippers over them. Then, give him a treat and let go. Your pup may soon decide he likes getting his nails done!
Do you need to schedule a nail trim for your dog? Contact us, your Floyds Knob, IN pet clinic, today!