How often to trim dog nails is a question most responsible dog parents ask themselves.
If you have clicked on this article to find out more about trimming dog nails in order to make your canines life easier; bravo to you! I love seeing people want to learn more and discover new ways how to make their furry buddies more comfortable.
Similar to us humans, dogs need to have their nails trimmed once in a while to stay agile and healthy.
So, how often should you trim your dog’s nails? You should trim your dog nails every 1 to 2 months depending on many things like the breed and their activity level.
Also, if it sounds like your dog is rocking some high heels on the parakeet floor, that is another indication that it is time to trim dog nails………
Keep in mind that your canines front nails tend to grow faster than their hind legs nails, so you may need to trim those a little bit more regularly
Why is nail trimming important?
If your dogs’ nails aren’t cut it may have serious health consequences.
Not only would they be extremely uncomfortable, but too long nails may also cause joint and bone problems.
Some dogs nails may curl inwards and start digging into the footpad. This can lead to infections and other issues.
Sometimes, long nails can snag and break, which would require a trip to the veterinarian. Your dog may need sedation for removal or repair of their damaged nail, and let’s be honest, no one wants that.
Factors that may affect nail growth
Please bear in mind that there are a few other things that can vary the growth of your dogs’ nails, such as:
Since older doggos tend to not walk around as much as their younger relatives, they are less likely to naturally wear down their nails. This means they may need more frequent trimming sessions.
If you take your talk for frequent walks on hard surfaces such as pavements, the will naturally wear down their nails. Trimmings may not be needed as often in this case..
As mentioned above, the regularity of nail trimming may depend on your pups breed. Breeds that spend a lot of times indoors, may need trimming way more in compare to their outside buddies.
On that note, I have often seen the misconception of small dogs (Chihuahuas, Yorkshires, e.t.c….) being kept as purse dogs or indoor dogs. That is VERY wrong!
Just because your dog is small, it doesn’t mean they don’t need exercise.
Sure, they may not need as much exercise as a Husky does, but that doesn’t mean that they are completely content only sitting at home. Their ancestors were wild wolves after all!
The area you are raising your dog in can have a huge impact on their nails. Like in the previous point, letting your dog walk on pavement can actually be good every once in a while.
If you live somewhere close to the forest or the beach, try taking them on “rougher” terrains. That means hardened dirt roads from frequent use or hardened sand due to the tide and ebb.
5. Nail length
The natural length of your dog’s nail is another factor to consider.
Extra long nails should be trimmed over various sessions, and not all at once.
Make sure to never cut into the quick while trimming, as this could turn into a painful experience for your dog.
Tools you should have at hand
Dog nail trimmers are important dog grooming tools. But there are many more items you should have at hand to make the experience truly rewarding for your dog.
The most essential thing that you could ever need. Forget nail clippers and other tools altogether. This is the only thing you will ever need to make your dogs nail trimming experience enjoyable.
But jokes aside, after wrapping up a nail trimming session you should reward your dog with a head pat, “Good boy/girl” and a hug. A little yummy treat doesn’t seem too bad either….
2. Styptic powder
Writing this word down the first time made me question the English language a little bit. Doesn’t it look like a Greek word?
Anyway, you should always keep a little bit extra powder on you if you are planning on cutting your dogs’ nails by yourself.
In case you happen to accidently cut into the quick, this powder is sure to make the bleeding stop immediately.
3.Nail grinder of clipper
The nail grinder is essentially an electronic sand paper that can help you grind away at your dogs’ nails. It takes more time than to clip them, and is better suited for calm dogs that can sit still for a while.
However, you can also use it on a nervous dog, where you are afraid of using the nail clipper with. Therefore, it is less likely to accidently cut into the quick.
Please remember that I am no Veterinarian. That means that all I can do is give my advice as a fellow dog enthusiast.
Before ever starting to trim your dogs’ nails, contact your trusted vet. I am sure that they can help you with cutting your dogs nails the first time around.
After that, I am sure you are more than capable of doing that at home on your own. Feel free to read
If you have any tips I may have missed out on, let me know in the comments. Also, if you have a picture of you and your dog getting a manicure together, I would be happy to see it. Read you next time.