Taking care of your dog’s nails may seem like a minor task, but it actually provides several health benefits. Here are some of the ways dog nail care can benefit your furry friend:
- Prevents discomfort and pain: Overgrown nails can cause discomfort and even pain for your dog, making it difficult for them to walk, run, and play. This discomfort can also lead to a dog’s resistance to having their nails trimmed.
- Reduces risk of injury: Long nails can easily get caught on things, causing injury to your dog’s paw. A ripped or broken toenail can be painful and bleed heavily.
- Improves posture and mobility: Overgrown nails can affect your dog’s posture and mobility. Long nails can stress the ligaments and muscles in the legs and if continues over time it can lead to arthritis or other orthopedic issues.
- Reduces risk of infection: Dirt and bacteria can get trapped under your dog’s nails, increasing the risk of infection.
Overall, taking care of your dog’s nails is an important part of their overall health and well-being. Regular nail trimming can prevent discomfort, injury, and infection, and improve their posture and mobility.
Signs your dog’s nails are too long. If your dog scratches you, you can hear their nails tapping on the floor when they walk or if their nails curl under. If you dog limps or is hesitant to be active. Your dog may lick or chew on their nails /paws. If you aren’t sure ask your vet or stop into All About Dogs and talk with our groomers.
Tips for healthy nails. Feed a high-quality diet with all the necessary nutrients to keep your dog looking and feeling good. A dull looking or dry feeling coat, dry and brittle nails can be an indicator that your dog is not receiving all the nutrients needed for good health.Keep their nails short. Regular nail trims are essential. How often can depend on your individual dog’s activity level and the types of surfaces they walk on.
All About Dogs offers both nail clipping and grinding. Which is right for your dog?
Nail clipping can take less time but there is a greater chance of cutting the nail to short, causing pain and bleeding, especially if the dog moves. Nail clipping can also leave rough edges which can scratch if your dog jumps up on you.
Nail grinding can take longer, and some dogs do not like the sound or vibration. The results are the nails are smoother and can often be trimmed shorter.
Whether you choose nail clipping or grinding the best approach is a positive one. Dogs do not ‘get used to it’ on their own. Any bad experience can increase their reluctance to future nail trims. Go slow! Lots of patience and treats are the best route to go.
All About Dogs offers both nail clipping and grinding as a walk-in service. It’s best to call ahead to make sure a groomer is available.
Nail clipping $10-$12.50.
Nail Grinding $15-$20.50.
Cost can depend on the size and behavior of your dog.
If you choose to trim your dog’s nails at home, it’s best to keep some Pet Styptic Powder on hand just in case!