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Clipping Your Dog’s Claws

November 01, 2019

When your dog walks across a floor, do his claws make a clacking sound? If so, your canine companion may be overdue for a pawdicure! Keeping Fido’s nails clipped is actually very important. A Pasadena, MD vet offers more information on this below.

The Dangers of Overgrown Nails

Long nails may not seem like a huge deal, but they actually can be quite problematic. If your furry friend’s claws are too long, they’ll become uncomfortable and can interfere with his stride when he walks. Fido may adjust his gait to compensate, which will put extra stress on his bones and joints. This is particularly problematic with older dogs, since so many of them suffer from arthritis and other bone/joint issues. Plus, overgrown nails can snag and tear on things. This is not only painful, but can lead to infections. Last but not least, long claws can also make it hard for pooches to get good traction on things.

Clipping

If you’ve never cut your dog’s nails, ask your vet to demonstrate proper techniques. As you may know, if you clip Fido’s nails too short, you may cut into the quick, which contains nerves and blood vessels. This can cause pain and bleeding, and definitely won’t make your furry pal any more fond of the process. One option is to get clippers that have sensors in them. These will indicate exactly where to cut, taking the guesswork out of the process. That said, we do recommend keeping styptic powder on hand, just in case. Don’t forget to give your pooch a treat afterwards!

Training

Just like people, dogs can be rather ticklish. Some pooches also just don’t care for having their paws handled. This is one area where it’s definitely worth your while to do some training. Teach Fido that he’ll get a yummy treat whenever he gives you his paw. You may also want to work on desensitization. Have your pet give you his furry foot. Then, just play with his toes and run the clippers over them. Keep offering Fido treats and praise, even after he’s become more accepting of the idea. Also, don’t clip his claws every time you handle them. Still no luck? Call us to set up a quick pawdicure for your pup!

Do you need to schedule a nail trim for your dog? Call us, your Pasadena, MD vet clinic, today!


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