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Getting your nails done

close up of dog's too-long toenail

This week’s Klip Joint dog of the week is another example of what not to do in caring for your dog. These photos show a dog we recently groomed who’s toenails were way too long. Please don’t let your dog’s nails get this long. It is painful for the dog and can cause a lot of foot problems. If you have trouble doing it yourself, have a vet or dog groomer take care of it for you.

dog's foot with cut toe nail beside it

Dog’s foot after cutting nails.

Here is what one vet has to say about dog’s toenails:

“Dog’s nails or claws are meant to be long. In wild canids they are used as tools for digging, ripping, gripping and fighting. In the domesticated dog these functions are no longer useful and long nails lead to problems such as damaging the home environment, causing injury to people, broken nails resulting in bleeding and trouble walking on hard surfaces. When a dog’s nails become too long they interfere with the dog’s gait and as the nails continue to grow, walking will become awkward and painful. In severe cases a dog’s nails can curl under and grow into the pad of the dog’s paw causing a very serious and painful infection. These types of ingrown nail problems are most common on the dewclaws. Nail trimming needs to be done frequently and on a regular basis both to keep the nails short and to maintain the dog’s training concerning nail trimming. Cutting longer nails is more uncomfortable to the dog and it is much easier to “quick” a dog or cut into the tender section of the nail when the nails are long. I recommend trimming the nails every 2-4 weeks for most dogs. If you let your dog’s nails grow too long then it could take some time to get them back to a healthy length again. Regularly trimming the tips of your dog’s nails is the best approach. Some dogs walk and run on rough surfaces and are able to wear down their nails, but most dogs will need some help. You will get to know how fast your dog’s nails grow if you routinely inspect your pet’s nails. Even if you don’t actually trim them each time, regular inspection will help assure that your dog’s feet stay healthy. So, make nail inspection and trimming an important part of your dog’s routine grooming.”

We couldn’t have said it better. Let the Klip Joint Dog Grooming help with all of your dog grooming needs!

16 Comments leave one →
  1. 01/03/2013 4:28 pm

    Hi! I just wanted to say thanks for posting this, and for visiting my blog. You have a great site here, nicely written and very informative. I used to work for a local grooming shop here in Alaska many years ago, and I appreciate your helpful advice for pet owners. Many are unaware of their pets grooming needs, leading to unnecessary discomforts for both owner and pet.

    I’d like to include your site on my #TBSU (The Blog Scratchers Union) list tomorrow at It’s an idea from a friend of mine, a way to help spread the word about blogs we like with common interests and information. It’s kind of a “you scratch my blog, I’ll scratch your blog” thing, as my friend Seumas puts it. I think it’s a great way to meet new people, along with promoting their sites. I put up new lists on my sites each Friday, so if you’re interested in more information or just want to check it out, visit my site tomorrow.

    Anyway, I look forward to reading more of your posts. Keep up the good work, and give all the critters a hello from Alaska! Have a great day and God bless! – Amber

  2. 02/20/2013 2:42 pm

    Great post!!!! Your blog is very informative and a must follow for us!!!! Thank you for visiting us today and we look forward to reading all your posts…woofs and wags are sent your way!!!!

  3. 02/20/2013 7:51 pm

    Is there a style or brand of nail clipper that you recommend? Our dog hates getting her nails trimmed and I’d like to make the experience as easy as possible for her.

    • 02/21/2013 9:23 am

      We use Millers Forge. They come in 2 sizes depending on the size of your dog. Good luck!

      • 02/21/2013 10:40 am

        Which would you recommend, the plier style or the guillotene style? We have medium/large dogs–weighing in at around 55lbs.

      • 02/21/2013 12:54 pm

        We prefer the pliers style, but with but with either style one must be careful not to get nail too short.

      • 02/21/2013 8:09 pm

        Yes–one of our dogs has black nails, so we are extra careful with him because you can’t see the quicks at all. Thank you so much for your help!

  4. madaboutgreys permalink
    03/09/2013 1:03 am

    How on earth did that dog walk on those nails? Ouch!

  5. 03/09/2013 2:51 am

    Good bloggy. Mum is always scared to cut my nails herself as I have black claws and she can’t see the veins very well…

  6. 03/09/2013 1:05 pm

    Thanks for visiting my blog. I hope you stop by again. Great artical about nails. I can’t believe someone would let a dog’s nails get that long. My present dog also has black nails. Still managed to trim them regularly.

  7. freespirit424 permalink
    06/24/2013 10:30 am

    thanks for enjoying my Towels blog…it was one of those days. My little one hates having her nails touched. I get her groomed every two to three months as she has some Terrier in her and it’s very hot here so I keep her hair short. Is it OK to use an emery board in between grooming’s? She will let me sit and do that with her nails but nothing else. Thanks for all the useful info on your blog.

    • 06/25/2013 9:31 am

      Yes, filing the nails with an emery board between trimming keeps the edges smooth – nice if they are indoors with you on the couch. =) It is also good to keep your dog used to having its feet handled.

  8. cdog5 permalink
    07/01/2014 9:01 am

    Thanks for this informative post!

  9. 10/30/2017 5:58 pm

    H.o.l.y c.o.w! That’s seriously wrong. Thanks for sharing, and double thanks for swinging by the Ranch and for the follow. We ❤︎ visitors especially ones that make us dogs looks great!
    Your fur-iends,
    Sam & Elsa 🐾

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