A Dog’s Nails… We know what it’s like to get a mani-pedi. We look forward to your appointments. It’s a time to relax, pick a new color, have a great time and admire your nails afterward. What about a dog’s nails?
It’s not always the same for a dog’s nail trim appointments.
Some dogs do not like having their feet touched and feel anxiety when their nails are trimmed. This can make it difficult for pet owners to even want to schedule the appointments.
But we still need to.
It’s not just about how our dog’s nails look or the damage long nails can do to our floors, but also about our dog’s health. If a dog’s nails are too long, they can create pressure and pain in the nail bed and toe joint; eventually, it could cause the joints to realign as well as change the dog’s weight distribution and alignment. Dogs may end up finding walking and running hard and even painful. Long nails can also curve into the foot pad or tear/split.
Doesn’t sound very pleasant, does it?
We can prepare our dog for their nail cutting appointments ahead of time by using different techniques such as:
- Counter-conditioning for conventional nail-trimming
- Counter-conditioning for non-traditional trimming
- Operant conditioning for nail trimming
Ask our groomer and vet for tips and advice to make the procedure better.
Next time you schedule your mani-pedi, schedule one for your dog, too. Start your dog as a puppy to schedule them for nail trims on a regular basis. There is a better chance they will be ok with having their nails done.