How Often Should You Cut Your Dog’s Nails
Every dog parent must be familiar with what is known as “the click sound” among the canine population. This only means that their toes nails are overgrown, and the length is so much that the pup will just be tapping on the floor as it walks. This is an indication of a thorough nail clipping session. However, how often you should cut your dog’s nails depends on many factors, such as their environment, age, daily activities and more. For further information, continue reading on to acquaint yourself with these factors.
How Often to Trim Dog Nails
Cutting dog nails is a necessity for people who have dogs as a house pet, and when to trim dog nails greatly depends on how fast or how slow the nails grow. However, every dog must have their nailed trimmer regularly. Averagely, a majority of the canine population needs to go for a nail trimming session every one to two months and the clicking sound is a good indication that it is time for nail clipping.
How Long Should Dog Nails be Before Clipping?
You should not allow your dog’s nails to grow too long before cutting and remember, the nails on the front limb usually grow much quicker than those on the hind; thus, the nails at the front need more frequent clipping. The frequency at which you trim your pup’s nails depends on some factors like:
- Activity: Long walks on pavements will naturally wear their nails down; thus, frequent trimming may not be necessary.
- Age: Older dogs will need regular clipping, as they do less walking than younger ones who wear their nails out while on walks.
- Environment: Dogs that often walk on grass or dirt will need regular trimming as they have lesser chances of wearing down their nails than those that walk on pavements and tough terrains.
- Breed: For some breeds of canine, their nails grow faster than others, which call for frequent clipping.
- Nail length: Cut exceptionally long nails bit by bit, and not in one go. Frequent cutting of nails can damage the quicks.
If your pup’s nail is not trimmed, they might make it uncomfortable and might result in bone and joint issues. Long nails can also give rise to breakage and snagging, which is painful. Severe cases may require the vet’s attention for repair, sedation, or removal. In some cases, a pup’s nail may curl under its feet and start growing into the footpads. This is quite painful and breeds infection.
Essential Tools for Trimming Your Dog’s Nails
There are a couple of nail trimming tools at your disposal for clipping your dog’s nails, they include
- Stainless Steel Nail Trimmer: Ensure that your stainless steel nail trimmer is the type that can make a clean, sharp cut. There are some that are equipped with a safety guard to halt you from inadvertently cutting too much nail.
- Dog Nail Grinder: If you are not comfortable with trimming, try a nail cutting grinder. Rather than just chipping, the grinder functions to eliminate your pup’s nails with the aid of a rotary tool. The rotary tool may be painless, but your pooch can be easily freaked out by the vibrations, so the dog may require some time to get used to it.
- Styptic Powder: Have some styptic powder handy in case you cut too close and cause bleeding. The powder functions to cloth bleeding and calm the dog in the process.
Problems to Expect While Clipping Your Dog’s Nails
Dog Anxiety: Several dog parents have complained that they can’t seem to calm their pups during nail trimming sessions, but this not unusual as dogs are known to get scared when you handle their paws. The fear may be as a result of previous bad experience, hence the need to be extra careful.
Bleeding: For the canines, their blood vessels run right through the nails. This is referred to as the ‘quick’ and if you happen to cut too deep into the dog’s nails; you are likely to damage the quick, which usually results in bleeding. The dog doesn’t find this funny, and the pet parent may well be frightened. However, never panic when you make this mistake. Just grab some tissue and wipe the blood away, and stop the bleeding with a dash of styptic powder.
Though trimming the quick is quite painful for your canine friend, the paint is very fleeting and won’t affect the dog’s ability to walk normally. Remember to give the dog a break as well as a reward; if the nails of your pooch have grown excessively long, you have to apply caution as the quick might be long as well. Recommendations are that you clip the nail tips bi-weekly.
Darker nails: Although it is easy for you to see the quick and avoid it on lighter-colored nails, the reverse is the case with darker-colored nails where it is almost impossible to see. Recommendations for clipping dark nailed dogs are that; you trim two to three millimeters away from the dog’s nail quick. The narrower tip of your dog’s nails may be easy to cut, but you need to apply caution when you are getting closer to the section that is wider. It is best to cut only two milimeters in one go, and scrutinize the nail after every cut. Stop cutting once you see that the middle of the dog’s nail is turning to white.
Things You Shouldn’t do While Clipping Your Dog’s Nails
- Never try to tie a dog down when you want to clip his nails. That kind of experience may be traumatic both for the dog and the parent.
- Don’t ever make use of the wrong set of tools, sharper may seem to be faster, but you can easily make mistakes with extra-sharp tools.
- Don’t ever trim your canine friend’s nails without a plan or even a treat.