If you can hear your dog’s nails clicking on the floor as they trot down the hall, they are in serious need of a nail trim. Many dog owners don’t realise how important it is to keep their dogs’ nails short and the benefits this has for their overall well-being. Long nails damage more than just your floors â€“ they can damage your dog’s health as well. Here’s how.
Problems Associated with Long Nails
Neglecting your dog’s nails can have unexpected consequences for their health. Long nails can cause injuries to dogs that range from torn nails to arthritis. As a dog’s nails grow out, they become curved downward. If they grow long enough, they will eventually curl under the foot, digging into your dog’s sensitive paw pads and causing considerable pain. Dew claws are especially prone to this kind of curled growth. Have you ever had an ingrown toenail? If so, you know how painful it can be. It is essentially what happens when your dog’s nails grow too long.
Furthermore, dogs tend to walk on their toes. When they can’t walk normally because their nails are digging into their paw pads, they sometimes compensate for this by placing their weight further back on their paws. This type of gait is awkward for them, and it stresses and strains all their joints and muscles. When people wear the wrong shoes, they may experience sore knees or backaches; in the same way, walking with too-long nails causes joint discomfort and pain for your dog. In severe cases, it can lead to long-term joint problems such as arthritis.
Long nails are also more likely to tear or become injured from getting caught in carpets, upholstery, or sweaters, or from an impact. If the nail becomes injured, its outer enamel can tear away, exposing the quick (the inner tissue). This fleshy bit of tissue and nerve grows outward from the bone surrounded by keratin, which forms the nail. It’s very easy to injure the quick and, when its protective keratin is removed, the quick is prone to infection that can spread to the foot or blood. You can prevent all these potential problems with regular nail trimming.
Hairy Tails for Dog Grooming in Bardon
Looking for a dog wash in Bardon or other grooming services, such as nail trimming? Hairy Tails offers full grooming services for dogs of all shapes and sizes. Your dog is your best friend and a member of the family, and we understand this because we feel the same way about our own dogs. We wouldn’t trust them to anyone but the best, and that’s why we feel confident encouraging you to trust us with all your furry friend’s grooming needs.
Our groomers are experienced professionals who love dogs and provide them with a one-on-one service without using drying cages or making them sit around cooped up and waiting for long periods. We pride ourselves on providing excellent customer service and top-notch grooming in a safe and friendly environment. Give us a call today on 1800 855 175 to book your Bardon dog wash and grooming.