An important part of a puppy’s grooming is the regular trimming of his nails
My 17 year old Pomeranian has both his front dewclaws, and was born without the back ones. I keep them clipped if they get too long. He continues to use them for holding items and grooming his face, and when he was younger he did use them for traction. A relative’s 15 year old Schipperke has no dewclaws (they were cut off) and has crippling arthritis, she is barely able to get around while my dog can still go up and down the stairs on his own just fine. Chris Zink, DVM, PhD has suggested that the removal of dewclaws is a contributor to arthritis in dogs as when the dewclaw is removed a tendon is cut that prevents excessive torque.
A video guide on how to clip your old pets nails, a very common reason for clipping claws on both dogs and cats. Staring Rocky our 16 year old canine actor and his Dad Andy.
Remember the essentials, a quiet place to do the clipping, a good premium professional pair of dog nail clippers, patience, gentle but firm restraint, and lots of hugs ;-). Then follow along.
Dr P Proctor BVSc (Hons) MRCVS & Dr S Middleton BVSc MRCVS GPCert (FelP) Co-founders: Simply Pets Online Ltd "Two Vets - One mission Happy Healthy Pets.."
PS: If you are interested, the nail clippers are available on Amazon in USA and Europe just search for "Professional dog nail clippers by Simply Pets Online" in the Amazon search bar.
Clipping Your Dog's Claws | Troy Animal Hospital
A Stress-Free Way For Trimming Your Dog's Toenails
Indoor pets may need more frequent attention. Animals claws wear down naturally through normal activity, but cats and dogs; especially when kept indoors, often need them trimmed more often as they are not as active and generally walk on softer surfaces than their outdoor counterparts. Cats in particular may try to remedy this problem by sharpening their claws on the curtains, couch or carpet. When a dog's claws are too long you may hear them click as they walk across a hard surfaced floor; this is a sign the claws are too long and need to be clipped. Long claws are also more prone to infection. Overgrown claws can be the source of painful paw injuries for both cats and dogs. A claw can snag something or even crack in some cases, resulting in a very painful wound. 3. Insert the nail into the clipper, and clip below the quick at a 45 degree angle. Be sure to also clip dew claws. On dog's with black nails you may want to make several small clips instead of clipping "a chunk off." You will usually be able to spot the quick as a dark spot in the center of the nail when looking at it head on. This is the quick you want to avoid cutting.About 1" to 3" above the inside of their front feet (and sometimes rear fee) dogs may have "5th nails" commonly referred to “dew claws.” Nail clipping should include these nails. Since dew claws are never exposed to friction from touching ground surfaces, they are often longer and sometimes overgrown. In fact, you may find neglected dew claws grown into a full circle circle and even painfully ingrown requiring veterinary care. It is not uncommon for pets to have dew claws on some feet, and not on others.Your free guide to clipping dog nails, safely and without cutting into the quick. Read on to learn how to trim your Cocker Spaniel's claws without tantrums or tears (his, not yours)!