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Did you know that keeping your dog’s claws at a proper length is very important to his health and well-being? If your pet makes a clicking sound when he walks across the floor, he may need his nails clipped. A Tipp City, OH veterinarian discusses clipping Fido’s claws in this article.
Overgrown nails may not initially seem like a big deal, but they can actually cause your canine pal quite a few problems. Not only are long nails uncomfortable for Fido, they can make it hard for him to walk or gain traction, and can even effect his stride. This could cause your furry friend to slip or even fall, especially when he’s going up or down stairs, or walking on a slippery surface. Eventually, overgrown nails can also lead or contribute to painful bone/joint problems, such as arthritis.
Many people are nervous about trying to cut their dogs’ nails. There is a good reason for this: if you cut too far, you could cut the quick, which is where Fido’s nerves and blood vessels end. This can hurt your pooch, and can even make him bleed. You definitely don’t want that! If you have regular clippers, start by making thin incisions, and carefully inspecting the trimmings. When you see a pale oval appear, stop. You can also invest in clippers with sensors. These will indicate where to cut, which makes things much easier for you. If you slip up and cut too far, don’t panic. Just use styptic powder or a styptic pen to stop the bleeding. Of course, you can also have your canine buddy’s nails done by a professional. Feel free to contact us to schedule a quick pawdicure!
To get Fido used to having his claws handled, start by just playing with his furry toes. Offer treats and praise, so he forms a good association with his pawdicures. Once you start clipping, you don’t have to get all of your canine pal’s feet done at once. Do one paw at a time, giving your furry buddy breaks in between. When you’re done, reward your pooch with a belly rub, a new toy, or a yummy snack.
Do you have any questions or concerns about Fido’s health, behavior, or care? Contact us, your Tipp City, OH animal clinic, today.