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Why Your Dog's Nails Need Clipping

There are a number of important reasons why you should keep your dog’s nails properly trimmed at all times. In this article, we look at what those reasons are, and as a bonus, some of the best tools, tips and methods to get the job done!

A Matter of Motion

When your dog’s nails are too long, he can’t walk naturally, as he normally would, which will cause premature deterioration to various parts of his feet. He has to change his way of walking because of the long nails, and because he is not walking properly, it will put unnecessary strain on his joints and muscles, which will eventually become stiff and painful.

Damage to Floors and Paws

Long nails can also hook on the different types of floors you have in your home, which could even have him falling down a flight of stairs, and become seriously injured. His long nails could also cause him to be hurt while he is running around in the garden as well. The longer the nail is left to grow, the more it will curl and eventually grow back into your dogs paw, causing him a tremendous amount of pain.

Protect Furniture, Flooring and Kids

Your dog’s dew claws also need to be clipped regularly, even though they don’t touch the ground when he walks. If they are untrimmed, they are exceptionally sharp, and will not only hook on all sorts of fabric, which could cause your dog to be injured in some way, but will also scratch anyone who is playing with him, as well.

Nails Don't Stop Growing

Your dog's nails are a lot like yours. If you don't cut them, they won't stop growing on their own. Ordinary nails in dogs that are fairly active might be kept mostly trimmed by walking on concrete or asphalt surfaces, but if your dog isn't very active or has dew claws, you may find that their nails can grow all the way back onto themselves, and sometimes, dogs nails that aren't cut can even grow back into the skin. This is of course very painful and dangerous!

Tips and Tricks for Cutting Dogs' Nails

To prevent your dog from potential injury, and developing other medical problems, you need make sure that his nails are clipped regularly. Here are a few great ways to make this a little easier:

  1. Start early! As with everything dog related, if you get your dog used to having his nails trimmed when he's just a little guy, it'll be a much easier job when he's older.
  2. Get the right tools. A good dog nail clipper should be powerful enough to cut through the nail cleanly in one motion. There are different sizes for different types of nail, and the bigger the dog, the tougher the clipper should be!
  3. If your dog doesn't like traditional nail clippers, there are also grinding tools that you can use to file the nail down.
  4. If you really struggle to get your dog's nails cut at home, a grooming parlour can help. They have all the tools and then some, so they can get the job done quickly and painlessly.

However you do it, keeping your dog's nails short and well manicured is a good idea for everyone!

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