Why should you get your dogs nails trimmed?
Just like our nails, your dog’s claws are constantly growing! Taking your dog on regular walks on hard surfaces such as pavements, will help shorten the nail by grinding it down. However this may not be enough to keep them as short as they should be especially if your dog spends most of their time indoors.
If nails aren’t regularly trimmed it can result in them chipping, tearing and splitting which is extremely painful and may need veterinary treatment. Nails that are too long can start to curl over (like the case in the picture) and dig into their paw pads, which is not only painful to stand on but can also cause joint issues due to the pressure build up. Many dogs also have an additional nail, called the dewclaw. Located on the inside of the leg. This claw does not touch the ground and so is not worn down when they walk and often requires trimming more often than other claws.
Within each claw there are nerves and blood vessels called the quick. It is extremely important to be aware of this when cutting the nails as if you cut too much off, you will catch the quick resulting in bleeding.
Nails should be trimmed every 4 - 6 weeks. However this all depends on each individual dog, how quickly their nails grow, and if they do exercise on hard surfaces. In some cases, they may need their nails trimmed once or twice a month!
Why not book in for regular nail trims for just £10.