Nail Trimming

When grooming your pet, don't forget the nails!

Nails too long? Or your pet too squirmy?

Are your dog's or cat's nails too long? Your pets nails need to be trimmed regularly. They can naturally wear down from walking on cement or scratching a scratching post, but most pet's nails still need to be trimmed. Imagine how unpleasant it can be for your dog, for example, to walk around on paws with nails that are simply too long or have grown so long they are growing into their pad. And after all, what's unpleasant for your pet ultimately ends up being unpleasant for you!

When it comes to cats, their claws are quite useful: they help them to mark territory, to defend themselves or catch small animals in the wild, to get around (especially when climbing trees), and to maintain their balance. Claws also come in handy when cats want to play or stretch. Of course, if your pet cat never goes out and always lives indoors, many of the ways they normally find claws useful don't apply: they don't need to fear predators or chase birds or mice; their claws aren't needed to defend or attack. But they do continue to grow and your pet will need to claw at things (furniture, fabric, various objects) to remove the worn outer sheath of the nail/claw to be replaced with a new one. 

Therefore, it's extremely important that your pet's claws be trimmed regularly, particularly to prevent the vein inside the claw from growing too much as well. If this happens, your pet may bleed during the trimming process. The important thing to remember is to keep calm; accidents happen. You can trim your pet's nails/claws with an appropriate clipper about once month, as needed.

 However, if you prefer to have one of our staff do this for you, we will be happy to do so. After all, we are professionals. We can also show you the proper technique to trim nails  if you are a newbie. Call us and book a nail trim with one of our veterinary technicians today.