Clipping Your Dog’s Claws

When your dog walks across the kitchen, does he make a clicking sound? If so, your pooch may very well need a nail trim! Keeping your dog’s nails clipped is very important: overgrown nails can be both painful and problematic for Man’s Best Friend. In this article, a Walnut, CA veterinarian discusses clipping Fido’s nails.

Dangers of Long Nails

If your furry friend’s claws get too long, they can become quite painful for him. Fido may have to adjust his gait to compensate for the discomfort. This is very bad for his bones and joints! Over time, long nails can even contribute to painful medical problems like arthritis or hip dysplasia. Your canine buddy will also have a hard time getting good traction if his claws are too long.

Clipping Fido’s Claws

Many people are nervous about cutting their dogs’ nails themselves. There is a good reason for this. As you may have heard, if you clip Fido’s nails too short, you may cut into the quick, which is where his nerves and blood vessels end. This can be rather painful for your dog, and may cause bleeding. One way to avoid this is to get clippers that are equipped with sensors. These will indicate exactly where to cut. If you have regular clippers, start by making thin, shallow cuts. Carefully inspect each clipping. When you start seeing a pale oval appear, that’s where you want to stop. Of course, if you’re nervous about giving your pooch a peticure, you can also just call us to schedule a quick nail-trim appointment.


Fido may not care for having his furry toes handled at first, so you want to help him form good associations with having his nails clipped. As you may have guessed, the easiest way to do this is with food. To help your pet get used to having his paws handled, start by playing with his toes. Massage one of his paws for a moment, then give him a yummy treat and let him go. You don’t have to do all four of those furry feet at once. Do one paw at a time, and then give Fido a treat and a break.

Does your pooch need a nail trim? Please feel free to contact us, your Walnut, CA animal clinic, anytime. We are here to serve all of your dog’s veterinary care needs.

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