The Importance of Keeping Your Dog’s Nails Trimmed

Trimmed Dog Nails If you are like many dog owners, you dread trimming his nails, but your dog’s health depends on you doing this grooming task regularly. Fortunately, you do have other options to make sure your dog’s nails are kept short. You can always take your dog to your favorite groomer, or you can stop by 5 Points Animal Hospital to have one of our techs do this job. We can also show you the best way to trim your dog’s nails yourself to help you feel more comfortable doing it yourself. We would like to answer some of the most frequently asked questions we get about trimming dog’s nails to let you know why this task is necessary.

Why is it so important to keep my dog’s nails trimmed?

If your dog spends a lot of time outside, his nails are kept short because they get worn down from running on hard surfaces, like concrete. However, if you have an indoor dog, he most likely does not get enough time on the right surfaces. According to The Whole Dog Journal, untrimmed nails can cause your dog harm. If the nails become so long that they touch the ground as your dog walks, they are forced back into the nail bed, which is very painful. This also puts pressure on the toe joint which, over time, can realign the joints of the foreleg. This compromises the distribution of weight and the natural alignment, which makes it easier for your dog to get injured. If the nails get too long, they can grow into the foot pad.

How short should I be cutting my dog’s nails?

You have trimmed the nails to the right length if the nails do not make contact with the ground when your dog is standing. If you can hear the nails clicking on the ground, you need to trim the nails shorter.

Should I trim my dog’s dewclaws?

Found on the inside of your dog’s leg, the dewclaw does need to be trimmed. Since this nail never touches the ground, it does not get worn down at all. The dewclaw tends to be much pointier than the other nails, and because of its loose attachment to the forelimb, your dog will probably not mind your trimming it as much as the other nails.

Make sure you are keeping your dog’s nails trimmed on a regular basis. Contact us at 5 Points Animal Hospital for any questions and help you may have about this important grooming routine.

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