CUTTING YOUR DOG’S NAILS: WHEN, WHY, AND HOW OFTEN?

Are you tired of getting scratch marks all over your legs?
Dogs are excitable and like to jump on you when they’re happy to see you. Sometimes, those jumps can leave you with bloody scratch marks---even if your furry friend didn’t mean harm.
Just like your nails, a dog’s claws grow constantly.
So, it is important for your sake, and that of your dog’s that you cut them regularly.
In this blog post, we will go through everything you need to know about cutting your furry friend’s nails, why it is necessary, and how often they need to be trimmed.
Let’s begin!

Snippety Snap: Why You Should Cut Your Dog’s Nails

People often ask me why they need to trim your dog’s nails. After all, feral or wild dogs don’t need such sort of grooming!
Wild dogs or active dogs have nails that are worn naturally down, thanks to them running around all day on varying surfaces.
So, their nails don’t get excessively long.
This isn’t the case with your pet who’s confined to your home most of the day and gets about a mile or two in terms of walks.

What Happens if You Don’t Cut Your Dog’s Nails

In this section of the blog post, I’ll go through what happens if you let your dog’s nails grow excessively long.

Ouchie When He Walks: Painful feet

If your dog has long toenails, the chances are that the simple act of walking may be painful for him.

How?
Well, when your dog’s walking on the concrete sidewalk or your kitchen floor, the surface pushes your furry friend’s nails into the nail bed which can be painful. Not just that, the pressure can even force the toe to twist on the side!
And, they can even get infected!

Joint pain and Arthritis
Your dog’s posture changes when he has long nails to avoid the pain.
This stresses your dog’s joints.
If this goes on for the long term, in extreme cases, your dog can undergo joint problems and may even develop arthritis!

How to Know That it’s Time to Cut Your Dog’s Nails?

How often you should cut your dog’s nails depends on various factors such as the breed, age, level of activity, etc.
Experts suggest that you should trim your dog’s nails at least once in 6 to 8 weeks.
However, if you can hear your dog’s nails tapping on a hard surface while he walks, it’s time to give them a trim!
Keep in mind that:
● The claws shouldn’t extend over your dog’s pad
● They shouldn’t touch the ground when he’s standing up
The best way to ensure that your pal’s paws are protected is by keeping a constant eye on the length of your dog’s nails.

In Conclusion

You shouldn’t avoid cutting your dog’s nails just because your dog doesn’t like it!
As a pet owner, it is one of the things that you’ve gotta do to keep your furry friend safe and healthy in the long run.

Do you have any questions? Let me know in the comments