Yes, I know, many dog people like to sit out the issue of dog claw care. You are afraid of hurting the dog. The dog already takes off at the sight of the claw scissors. And yet, it’s an issue that is indispensable to your dog’s health.
You’re probably wondering now what claw care has to do with the dog’s musculoskeletal system. Quite a lot! That’s why I’ve summarized for you why dog claw care is such an important topic that you should never shirk.
That is why claw care is so important – the consequences of too long claws Claw care in dogs
- Too long claws have a decisive influence on how a dog stands and moves. They lead to incorrect posture and incorrect stresses. In the long term, this results in joint damage such as osteoarthritis.
- Too long claws create pressure on the paw and can cause lameness and pain. The joy of movement is reduced by the painful too long claws at every step.
- Dogs with too long claws walk like on eggs. Healthy movements are not possible.
- Your dog’s perception will be disturbed. Because your dog’s paws are riddled with nerves. The nerves give the dog information about its spatial position, i.e. where it is in space. If the claws are too long, the message from the nerves to the brain is transmitted incorrectly.
- If claws are not maintained and become too long, they can break and tear – it hurts!
This is how you can tell that your dog’s claws are too long:
- Your dog’s claws touch the ground when he stands.
- When you hold up your dog’s paw, the claws are longer than the ball of the toes.
- You’ll hear the click of your dog’s claws with every step he takes on smooth floors.
Claw care for dogs: How often should claws be cut?
There is no single recommendation, as each dog wears its claws differently. Therefore, it is important to know how to recognize too long claws (see above). Snowy’s claws, for example, need to be trimmed every two weeks at the latest. With Tessa, shortening every 4-6 weeks is enough.
If you are unsure yourself and don’t want to cut your dog’s claws yourself, I recommend you contact your trusted veterinarian or physical therapist.
What is your experience with dog claw trimming? Feel free to let me know in the comments!
All the love, your Tina