Trimming Claws at Home – Part 2

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From part one of the trimming claws at home blog, you learned how to use a nail trimmer and what precautions to take. Now don’t you want to know why it’s so important to trim your dog’s claws on a regular basis?

Every dog is different and will have certain claws that get worn down faster than others. However, it’s common for the nails on its hind legs to be worn the most. By neglecting to trim your dog’s nails, you risk ingrown nails. The nails start to curl and can turn into the pads of the dog’s paws, which is painful and can cause other issues such as infections. One claw in particular that you have to monitor is the dew claw.

The dew claw is on the inner surface of the paw and is attached to loose skin on the paw. Because this claw usually doesn’t touch the ground, it doesn’t get worn down, so this is the claw to keep an eye on. Sometimes these claws are permanently removed when dog’s are puppies. Also, St. Bernards can have two sets of dew claws on the rear feet.

Trimming your dog’s claws will keep your pet comfortable and free of painful ingrown nails. If you have ever had an ingrown toenail, you know what it feels like and it isn’t pleasant. If you’re worried about cutting into your dog’s quick, purchase pet-friendly nail grinders, which slowly file down the nail. Using a nail grinder might be easier for you to use if you’re hesitant about using clippers.

write by Silas

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