How Often Should My Pets Nails be Trimmed?
Your pet’s nails should be trimmed at least every 2 to 4 weeks in order to support healthy foot conformation and function. Overgrown nails are most certainly painful for your pet to be walking with.
Nail length is highly important to how a dog’s foot functions. The pressure from the nail hitting the ground reduces traction when walking, as well as causes foot deformities & tendon injuries over a continued time span. Long, overgrown and untrimmed nails can develop weak flat feet.
Additionally, weak flat feet cause long-term issues with more than just feet. Overgrown nails also produce poor posture in the legs, increasing the likelihood of injuries to a dog’s limbs & joints. Early arthritis, imbalanced posture & carriage, undue joint stress & pain, and decline of the tendons, ligaments, and joints are all complications of overgrown nails.
If your pet’s nails are especially long, it may take some time to get their nails as short as they should be. This is because the nail bed grows out with the nail, however regular maintenance can gradually push those nail beds back by eliminating the excess space for them to grow.
Visit your local Salty Dawg Pet Salon for further information on nail trim services. These services can be done on a walk-in basis but calling ahead to be sure they have availability is always recommended. You can expect a full nail service to include nail clipping and dremel of the nails.