Have you ever heard your dog walk into your house and in every step he takes, there’s this clicking sound? It is an indicator that your dog’s nails need some trimming done.
Why do dogs need their nails trimmed? Trimming nails is not just a simple case of good hygiene and looks, as it is to us humans. Sure, shorter nails can make your dog look rather cleaner – but they can also improve the gait, posture and proprioception of your dog. The direction of nail growth in dogs is a downward curve and since dogs stand and walk with the pads of all their paws on the ground, having long nails will result to constant contact on the hard ground. This will cause the nail beds to become sore and eventually painful. Anything painful is a cause of discomfort and discomfort of any kind is, well, unwanted.
Did you know that dogs with long nails tend to stand a little backward because their long, angled nails are the ones touching the ground? Thus, long nails can affect your dog’s gait, posture and, of course, their performance. Their gait and posture look rather awkward when they have long nails that keep on banging on the ground everytime they take a step. It’s like the uncomfortable feeling when we have long nails and wearing tight shoes. I can tell you that the sensation is very far from pleasant. When your dog has joint problems or injuries, long nails can even aggravate the condition by putting even more strain on the joints.
Some dog owners say (or complain) that their dogs don’t want their nails to be cut but there is a good way to get around it. Of course when you are in pain, you don’t want anyone to touch that painful site, right?
According to experts, dog’s nails should be done every two weeks.