Regular nail clipping, or trimming, should be part of the routine care of your pet. It is essential for small, elderly or indoor dogs, whereas outdoor pets may wear most of their nails down naturally. The requirement for nail trimming can vary depending on breed, age, level of exercise and the environment in which your pet is kept. If you notice a change in the sound of your dog's nails on hard floors this is a pretty good indication that it is time for a trim.
Cats also require nail clipping, with the frequency depending on their lifestyle. Indoor-only cats will need more regular nail trims whereas outdoor cats need their nails for defence from stray cats, and may naturally wear their nails and require less frequent trimming.
Nails should be inspected and/or trimmed on at least a monthly basis. It is very important not to cut the quick of a nail as this is rich in blood vessels and nerve endings, so is very painful if you cut this on your pet. With clear nails, it can be easy to see the quick as a central pink area, but black nails makes this much more difficult. If you do accidentally cut into the quick, pressing the nail into a bar of soap can effectively stop the bleeding.
What happens if my pet’s nails get too long?
If your pet's nails are allowed to grow, they can split, break or bleed, causing soreness or infection in your pet’s feet and toes. Long nails can get caught and tear, or grow so long that they can curl backwards and pierce your pet's paw pad, leading to infection and pain.
We have a variety of nail clippers to suit each pet, and can teach you how to cut your pet's nails if you would like to cut them yourself. But we also offer nail clips by our experienced nurses if you would prefer not to cut them yourself.
Make an appointment today to have your pet’s nails checked.