Canine toenails are useful tools for predatory purposes; they can grip the ground during hunting as he runs, turns, jump and grip its prey’s body for easy tackles, and kill for a meal. In the case of today’s domestic dogs, toenails still function as it is but when his toenails are that long; they can be painful for your furry companion and can cause deformities in the toes.
Almost all of the dogs need his toenails trimmed; it is rare for a dog that doesn’t need one at all. Dogs who regularly exercise on hard grounds such as cemented flooring wear their nails naturally. But most of the dogs, however, need to be clipped every two weeks.
Toenail trimming is an unpleasant activity for many dogs. You can make it hassle free, however, by keeping in mind a few simple tips:
- You must start cutting your dog nail from the time he is a puppy.
- Give a treat after every foot or even after a toenail is trimmed so that the experience would be pleasant for your dog.
- Learn the basic anatomy of the toenails and learn to clip nails quickly and accurately so accidental cutting of the quick (part of the toe where the blood vessels running down the center of every nail that bleed if you cut it).
- Nail trimmer should be sharp so they cut rather than crush the nails.
Checking regularly the toenails of your furry friend will ensure neatness, healthy and most of all foot in foot infection and other deformities are kept at bay. To have a daily walk will help the toenails healthy and this gesture is one of the beautiful treats a compassionate dog owner should posses thus, giving a dog a much better life to live in.