This is the time of year everything begins to grow again! Your dog’s nails, however, have continued to grow all year long. In fact, they may have grown a bit longer over the winter if the weather prohibited or limited the number of dog walks the two of you were able to take. No worries though! The good news is that you can easily maintain your dogs’ nails – and paws – by following a few simple tips.
Inspecting your dog’s feet and nails
Whether your dogs are mainly indoors or outdoors, their feet and nails can suffer some ill effects. Discomfort or pain from overgrown nails, broken or chipped nail tips, and scratches and cuts to their paws or toes are just some of the problems that could go unnoticed. Additionally, dogs can suffer frostbite in winter months and burns from hot pavement during the summer months. By regularly checking out your dogs’ feet for these and other problems, you’ll be able to quickly address them and keep Fido or Fifi healthy and happy.
Washing your dogs’ feet
Keeping their feet clean is a good practice for a number of reasons, not the least of which is limiting the amount of dirt tracked into your home from outdoors! But also, keeping mud, rock salt, and other debris from collecting on or between dogs’ nails and toes will keep them from ingesting it (by licking their own feet) and eliminate any discomfort. A quick (but less effective) way to clean your pup’s feet is to use a dog wipe to wash and a paper towel to dry. The better way is to use a small bucket of warm water and dog shampoo, dip each foot, rinse and dry with a towel.
Grooming that includes nail trimming
Scheduling regular grooming by a professional dog groomer is the best way to ensure your pet not only looks her very best but also receives the attention she needs to details like nail trimming. While regularly walking your dogs helps to keep their nails worn down, trimming is necessary to make sure they don’t overgrow. Two problems can occur from overgrown nails: Possible pain and discomfort from long nails putting pressure on their toes, and the overgrowth of the “quick,” the blood vessel that supplies the nails with nutrients. When the quick overgrows, cutting nails can result in bleeding, injury or infection for your pet. Avoid these situations by having your dogs’ nails trimmed during monthly grooming.
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