Thursday, 6 November 2014

How important is to trim my dogs nails?

Hi everyone, I am so glad you all stopped by today.
I thought it would be appropriate on Thoughtless Thursday to post about some pretty thoughtless people.

There were some things going around one of my FB groups yesterday, where someone had asked "if" people cut there dogs nails, and "if" it was important.

To my surprise, there were A LOT of people who told this person that nail trimming is not as important as it is made out to be.

Excuse me?

I put my 2 cents in, and shared some reasons why, so I thought I would raise the subject here on the blog.
I would love to hear what you all think, and your views on nail trimming.

Why is it important to trim your pets nails?

There are so many reasons.
To name a few -

  • It can be painful for your pet to walk on long nails. Imagine the discomfort!
  • Long nails break, and can break off too short. You know how it feels when we break a nail, and it breaks far too short? Painful right?
  • Long nails can crack upwards towards the quick, and cause a lot of pain.
  • Long nails can also cause your dog to have an irregular gait, and in turn can cause skeletal damage.
We are paw-rents do not want to cause any pain to our fur babies, so yes! It is absolutely impawtant to trim their nails!

But what if I have trouble cutting their nails, or my dogs won't let me?


It is impawtant to touch your pets paws often. Hold their paws while feeding treats. Always associate paw touching, with things that make them happy.

If you are still uncomfortable with trimming your pets nails, that is where the groomer or a vet comes in handy!

I always go to my local groomer!
She loves when I come in and take photos of her working with my huskies for my blog. She tells me she feels like a star!

I bring Mika and Koda to the groomer every couple weeks. Mika, because her nails are black, and I am very uncomfortable with trimming black nails. Koda because he has extremely thick nails, and my trimmers seem to struggle a bit getting through them.

Lexus I do myself. Her nails are easy as pie to trim!

Koda just had his groomer trip 2 days ago.
He absolutely loves it there because he always gets lots of treats and opportunities to smell all of the other dogs there.


Mika is . . .
not so fond of the groomer. She cries the whole time and refuses to take treats!
She doesn't mind her feet being touched, but hates them being trimmed!


Lexus doesn't mind having her nails trimmed at all. She lays on the floor and lets me have at it.

So please people, keep your pets nails trimmed! Yes it is impawtant, and yes it can ultimately damage or hurt your pup if you allow their nails to be overgrown.

If you walk your pup on pavement a lot, you may have to trim nails a lot less, as the pavement somewhat grinds them down as they walk. But always check on their nails for cracks, and trim when necessary.

I am curious to know, what are your thoughts on nail trimming?



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44 comments:

  1. I am so with you on this one. I can't believe people don't cut their dog's nails!! It's crazy.

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    1. I know! I have seen some dogs with so e pretty long nails, and I mean really, how on earth would it not hurt them? Ouch!! Poor babies.

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  2. you are so right,even cats and rabbits need their nails trimmed at times,xx Rachel

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    1. Yes! Your absolutely right!! Two of my kitties I trim regularly, my other kitty uses the scratching post A LOT so she doesn't need done as much, but their nail care is just as impawtant!

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  3. Couldn't agree more. Some dogs manage to wear down their nails during everyday activity but others do indeed need them clipped. We've seen some horrid sights and messes where this hasn't been attended to :(

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    1. I don't doubt you have :(
      Poor things! Yes your right, some dogs seem to wear their own nails down, but it is just SO important to keep an eye on them and keep them trimmed!

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  4. I think it's important too... but you might be amazed at the way some dogs act for nail trims, no joke. Some dogs will urinate, defecate, anal gland, scream, fight, and it might take at least 3 people to hold them down for it. Most owners would not make their dogs tolerate this and just say nevermind... but some insisted on trimming the nails. Some dogs just find it absolutely horrifying. Shiner never needs a nail trim... she bites her nails which I think is weird. Also, another thing that can happen (and it's very sad to see when it does happen) is that the nails can curl around and start growing into the pad of a dog or cat.

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    1. I know all too well what some pets can be like with nail trimming, but to say "nevermind" is just not the answer. if a dogs nails are overgrown, they need to be cut, that's one thing I know for sure. Whether it has to be done at the vet or by the professional groomer, they just need to be done. Even if it's not very often. It is a horrible thing to have a dogs nails curl around as you mentioned. I couldn't imagine the pain!
      Thanks Ann :)

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  5. VERY important to make sure that their nails are trimmed. That is what I pay my groomer to do along with the other beautification type things!!

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  6. Important indeed. We use the groomer too. Have a tremendous Thursday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  7. The Chihuahua was just at the vet and had his nails trimmed; it's a two person and a muzzle job still - where ever this boy lived before us, they instilled a lot of fear biting in him. Gracie chews her nails, and the old Collie responds well to lots of little treats in return for letting her nails be trimmed. She already has arthritis and we don't want it made worse by her nails!

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    1. Exactly, and it could definitely worsen arthritis having to walk on long nails.
      So sorry to hear about the Chihuahua :(

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  8. It makes absolutely no sense NOT to trim dogs' nails. We have ours done regularly at the vet's. Phantom gets his done more frequently because his nails grew super fast and we need to keep them short so he won't slip on the floor. It isn't an easy job either because his nails can curl under:(

    Woos - Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

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    1. Agreed!! Doesn't make sense at all!!!
      I realize it can be hard to trim some dogs nails, including 2 of my own, BUT it is very cheap to have a groomer or someone professional do it for you, and is well worth the money to keep our pups out of pain!
      Thanks my sibe pals :)

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  9. Luckily, both of mine wear their nails done from running, so I rarely have to trim anything.

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    1. Yes, some dogs tend to wear them down much faster than others. As long as they are not overgrown or cracked, that is just fine!

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  10. AGREE! It is important! How can anyone think it is NOT important to trim a dog's nails? Oh and by the way...LOVE the snow theme for the snow-dogs!
    Oz

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    1. I know! You can imagine my shock when people started giving advice to this person saying it is no big deal etc. . . of course it is!

      Thanks! Glad you like the theme! I do too!!

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  11. It's very important to check and trim nails. My breed has double dewclaws on the rear legs which need regular trimming or they can cause problems. With the other nails the frequency of trimming depends on the type of surface you walk on and how far.

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    1. Exactly Clowie. Which is precisely what I meant when I was talking about dogs who walk daily on pavement etc.... those nails would needed trimmed far less often.
      Double dew must need close attention for sure!!

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  12. Happy Thoughtless Thursday! Well said. have you seen the poodle nails a blogger shared on our hop? Similar enough post eh?

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    1. Happy Thoughtless Thursday!
      I haven't made my rounds to all the hoppers yet, but i'll come across it soon enough!

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  13. I agree that it's very important. However, we never trimmed the nails of our first two dogs, and we never had an issue. I'm not sure why....we didn't walk them on pavement, but maybe just because we hiked more with them or something? Once Kobi came along we started with trimming....he was always so good about it! Sheba gets hers done at the groomer now. I can do Cricket's, and we could do Luke's at first too, but now he's become resistant to it. I handled his paws all the time and still do, but it just doesn't help. I'm still managing to get them done, one paw at a time, but it's not easy.
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

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    1. And that is perfectly understandable. If they don't need trimmed, they don't need trimmed. Some dogs just seem to wear their nails down better than others. As long as they are short and not cracked, then we are good to go!!

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  14. I get my nails trimmed once a month whether I want them to be or not. I usually get a nice treat afterwards, so it isn't so bad. Mom says it is important to keep the nails trimmed properly.

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    1. Treats are a great thing to involve while trimming pets nails for sure!

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  15. How can that even be a question? Humans...Bentley lets me do anything to his paws, ears, teeth, etc. However, when it comes to trimming his thick black nails, we go to the vet. I believe that he would let me trim them, I can get a few during bath time. It just makes me too nervous and I'm sure that he picks up on my fear. Trimming nails is vital to the proper gait and overall comfort of our dogs.

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    1. Exactly!!!! SO glad you agree Melissa! And I know, Mika had thick black nails, and I would much rather not cut them myself. That is why we go to the groomers :)

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  16. I always keep Mikko's nails trimmed. It is NOT easy...usually I get scratches all over my arms.
    I don't have to cut Jax's front nails, because he has none :P
    ❀Siamese Smothers and Tuxie Tickles❀ from Mikko and Jax at Happiness is Siamese!

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  17. I trim Lucy's nails every 4-6 weeks. They are really easy to do since she loves to have them done. She lets me cut her hair too! haha She's very easy going and loves the attention. The main thing is that I have to remember to get them done. I accidentally made one nail bleed the first time I did them but after watching a few videos and finding the quick, it's been simple! She has a white nail and a black one (just one of each), and those are harder so I just trim a tiny bit at a time.

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    1. The black ones are really hard for me. I am so scared to hit the quick :( I have watched so so many things on trimming nails, and I just am never sure if I can do it or not, so I leave it to the groomer :)

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  18. Nail trimming is so important, thank you for this post.

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  19. GREAT post! I hadn't thought about untrimmed nails leading to an irregular gait - that can be very serious! I can trim Phoebe's nails myself, she's easy but I don't dare try to trim Isis' nails - she won't have it! I get her nails done at the PetSmart groomer. They usually just need to grind them down vs. trim them. Both dogs walk/hike a lot so their nails don't get too long.

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    1. Yea, Mika gets the dremel tool on her nails too. She isn't very fond of the noise, but it has quicker results. :)

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  20. No matter how often I walk on the pavement my nails never seem to wear down, so daddy has to trim them. I hate my paws being touched, but I will let him do it in exchange for lots of treats

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    1. My huskies are the same way, they nails just don't wear down on their own, so trimming is a must here.

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