Skipping This Grooming Task Can Cause Your Dog Pain
Clipping your dogs nails is more than a cosmetic chore. Veterinarians warn that unhealthy nails can cause pain and, in rare instances, trigger irreversible damage to the dog.
Long nails can turn a sound paw into a splayed foot and reduce traction, and they can cause deformed feet and injure the tendons over an extended period. As the long nail hits the ground, the pressure puts force on the foot and leg structure.
Clip the nails at 45-degree angle to follow the slant of the nail growth. The nail and the quick grow at roughly that angle, and if you stick to that you can trim the nail shorter.
Groomers prefer the method of grinding a dog’s nails because it slowly sands down the nail and cauterizes the end. Also, with grinders it’s not as easy to get into the quick. When you grind close to the quick, the dog will let you know it so you can stop. With the cutters, you can instantly cut the quick and it’s too late. Ouch! https://www.akc.org/wp-admin/admin-ajax.php Get Your Free AKC eBook
What Happens If You Don’t Cut Your Dog’s Nails?
Nail clipping is a crucial part of the pet grooming process. Neglect it, and several things can happen. For instance, the nails can grow and curve into the footpad.
In some cases, the nails can also split down to the quick. Not only would that be painful, but there would be a high risk of infection.
Finally, it can affect their ability to stand and walk. Left long enough, it can even cause bone deformities. On top of that, there’s a chance that the nail can tear off.