Plenty of pet parents — and their dogs — are less than thrilled about the prospect of regular nail trimmings. But did you know that cutting your dog’s nails is one of the most basic and effective things you can do to help maintain their joint and bone health? Especially as your dog enters their senior years and becomes more prone to joint diseases like arthritis, trimming their nails regularly — and often enough — is paramount to keeping unnecessary stress of their aging joints.
Many dogs that can often run on a hard surface (asphalt, gravel), usually gnash their claws naturally, but if the dog rarely walks, runs a little on soft grass or snow, this procedure has to be done manually. On rudimentary (fifth) fingers, the claws usually remain intact and require care.
Usually, the claws should be blunt, short, and the standing dog barely touches the ground.
The overgrown claw has a sickle-shaped shape and a sharp end, the dog when walking “spreads his paw” — spreads his fingers, can limp. You may hear a distinctive click.
To keep the claws in order, you should examine the paws at least once every 7–10 days.
Each claw is divided into two parts: a keratinized one and a live one containing a blood vessel and a nerve.
It is necessary to cut the claw in the lower third. In dogs with light claws, the border between the dead and living parts of the body is clearly visible in pinkish color. The clippings should be slightly removed from it. If the dog has black claws, you can only cut off the sharp tip of the claw, slightly curving down. For this procedure, special nail clippers or nail clippers are suitable, but you can not use regular scissors. The cut is cut with a nail file or nail file.Copyright © 2019–2020 DogTree Operating Company, OU. All Rights Reserved.