Dog Nail Trimming
In addition to the obvious need for trimming of your dog’s hair, you must make sure to never overlook the important grooming aspect of dog nail trimming as well. Nail trimming is imperative in making sure that your dog is healthy. If your dog’s nails are neglected for too long and grow too much, the result can be a number of problems.
For instance, if your dog’s nails are too long, they are at a greater risk of getting caught in things such as your furniture or your carpet and being torn off, which can cause immense pain for your furry friend. In addition to the previous example, long nails can also make it really difficult and inconvenient for your dog to walk properly, and resistance against the nails from the floor or ground can also lead to ingrown nails, which are painful in and of itself, and can also become infected.
Moreover, in addition to causing pain, long nails can also cause problems in your dog’s posture. You heard that right! Your dog’s posture can be drastically affected by longs nails because they force your dog to constantly shift weight. All this could lead to requiring veterinary care when it can easily be avoided by simply trimming your dog’s nails on the regular.
How to know if your dog’s nails are too long?
There are a few signs you can be on the lookout for when trying to figure out if your dog’s nails are too overgrown. The first and most obvious one is if the nails grow past your dog’s paws and starting touching the ground as it walks. Another, more subtle one is if your dog seems to be distressed and has an unusual gait; it may not be able to walk or run right. Catching these signs early on can help you avoid so many issues and a visit to the vet.
Our process of trimming your dog’s nails
To make sure this process is not daunting or scary for your dog, we take great care in each step of the process.
Step 1: We gather and ready the tools
To trim the nails, we use tools such as nail clippers, scissors or grinders. If your dog’s nails are particularly dark, which is completely normal, we use a flashlight for better visibility. In some cases, we also make sure of paw balm to soften the area and soothe your dog at the same time. When the preparations are complete, we make sure your dog is comfortable and not scared or on edge, and then we begin.
Step 2: We determine how much to trim
After thorough communication with you, we determine how much of the nail we are going to be taking off. We take so much care in this phase because the nails have blood supply and a cut in the wrong place can cause a lot of pain for your dog and may even cause blood loss.
As we mentioned above, we use a flashlight for clear visibility so that we can easily identify the blood supply area. The recommended range of the trim is just above the blood supply area.
Step 3: Let’s do this!
Once we have determined how much to cut off, we start the trim in small steps, making sure frequently along the way that your dog is comfortable.
We recommend that you get your dog’s nails trimmed every two weeks to keep the length at the recommended level.
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Dog Grooming Springfield Illinois
Springfield, Illinois, 62701