Long Claws And Their Many Perils

Dogs claws, or nails, are one of the most important parts of the groomer’s job. Whilst most dogs hate having their nails trimmed, it is essential that it is done, for many reasons. 

A dog’s nail consists of the living pink quick, which contains nerves,  and the hard outer shell. The quick supplies blood to the nail and runs through the core of the nail. Unlike human nails, the quick of a dog’s nail continues to grow with the nail. Regular nail trimming will cause the quick to recede from the end.

Short quicks are preferred, for both the dog’s well-being and for easy maintenance.Long nails can cause a splayed foot and reduce traction, and they can also cause deformed feet and injure the tendons over an extended period.

Many dogs that we groom have nails so long that their poor toes are permanently bent sideways. Sometimes the nails grow over the end of the toe and the dog is walking on these bent nails rather than on the pads of their feet. In severe cases the nail curls around and perforates the pad. Nail trims are essential and you do not need to have your dog groomed to have his/her nails trimmed.

No appointment is necessary.

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