Nail Trimming for Your Pets

By The Camden Hospital for Animals | Jul 21, 2014

Nail trimming is an important part of a regular grooming routine. If your pet’s nails get too long, they can break, which is painful and sometimes results in infection. Long nails can also cause an irregular gait that leads to skeletal damage.

Despite its importance, many people can’t or don’t like to trim their pet’s nails. It’s a task that can make both people and their pets anxious. How do you know exactly where to cut the nail? What if you trim the nail too close and cut the sensitive quick? What if your pet seems worried? Although it can seem daunting, if you keep a few guidelines in mind and maintain a consistent schedule, nail trimming doesn’t have to become a stressful chore.

Many pets find nail trimming unpleasant—and who can blame them? Some seem to naturally dislike the sensation of people handling their feet. Trimming can also cause discomfort when the clippers squeeze or slightly twist the nail. It can even cause pain and bleeding if you accidentally cut the nail too short and hit the sensitive quick.

Some people prefer to take their pets to the veterinary clinic for nail trimming because they don’t have the time, tools or experience to properly trim nails themselves. If you take your pet to the vet for nail trimming, watch for signs of distress, such as trembling, trying to escape or hide, crouching, cowering or whimpering. If you see any of these signs, ask a vet to show you how to trim your pet’s nails so you can do it yourself at home to spare any unnecessary anxiety.

To schedule an appointment for a nail trim for your pet, give us a call at 236-2311. Our nail trims cost $14.00 and they remove any added stress for the owner and their pets. We also have a “frequent nail trim” card that offers a free nail trim after 10 visits. Schedule your pets today!

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