When to trim your dog’s nails
Updated on 9/28/13, Originally posted on 12/3/11
These nails are way too long
Weekly Bible Verse: Proverbs 26:17 He who passes by and meddles in a quarrel not his own is like one who takes a dog by the ears.
Dogs require their nails to be trimmed on a regular basis, accept for the few that wear their nails down naturally. The environment and life style your dogs lives will determine how often they need to be trimmed. Dogs that are active or outdoors a lot will require minimal care, if any care at all. Things like digging and going for frequent walks wear down the nails on a dog. On the other hand, pampered house dogs (like our Bichon Frise lol) need regular trimming. Most dogs require nail trims every 3-6 weeks. Just like people’s nails, and how some grow faster then others, the same is true for dogs. Every dog is different.
These nails are too long
To check your dog’s nails, to see if they need trimming, place him or her on the table (for large dogs place them on a hard floor). With your dog standing, look at the nails to see if they are touching the table/floor. If the nails are touching, they need to be trimmed. When nails grow out too far, it causes pressure on the dog’s bone structure and tendons. A dog that has very overgrown nails have toes that bow out and this is painful to the dog. Another bad thing that can happen when nails become very overgrown is they can curl back into the dog’s pads, ouch! Always be sure to trim your dog’s dewclaws along with the other nails. Some dogs do not have dewclaws because they were removed as a puppy but most mix breeds and some purebreds have dewclaws on the front 2 legs. Some breeds have back dewclaws as well but this is not very common in most breeds. Every dog has 4 nails on each foot and usually 2 dewclaws, so be sure to trim all 18 nails.
These nails are heavily overgrown
Keep an eye on your dog’s nails. Make sure you pay special attention to dogs with a lot of fur on their feet because it is harder to see the nails. Your groomer or vet can trim your dog’s nails if you do not know how far to cut them. If you live near Apple Valley California, we at God’s Creatures Grooming would be happy to take care of your dog’s nails.