Clipping Fido’s Nails

Clipping Fido’s Nails

Does your canine buddy make a clicking sound when he runs across the kitchen floor? If so, your pet may be in need of a pawdicure. In this article from Arapahoe Animal Hospital, your Boulder, CO vet, serving Louisville and surrounding areas, a local vet discusses clipping Fido’s claws.

Why Long Nails Are Problematic

Overgrown claws aren’t just unsightly: they can actually be very uncomfortable for your dog. Your pooch may change his gait as a result. This can put additional stress on his bones and joints, which, over time, can contribute to bone/joint issues, such as arthritis. Long nails also make it harder for your furry friend to get traction on slippery surfaces. Last but not least, if Fido’s nails are overgrown, he is more likely to snag them on things, which can cause painful injuries and even infections.

Giving Fido A Pawdicure

Many people are very nervous about clipping their pets’ nails. There is a good reason for this: if you cut too close, you could cut the quick, which is where your pup’s nerves and blood vessels end. This can be painful for Fido, and can also cause bleeding. One solution is to get clippers equipped with sensors. These indicate exactly where to cut, so you don’t have to guess. You also don’t have to do all four paws at once. Just do one at a time, and keep rotating. We recommend keeping styptic powder or pens on hand, just in case. If you do slip up, these products should stop the bleeding. Contact your vet if bleeding persists.

Training Hacks

There are a few things you can do to make clipping your pup’s claws a little easier. First, get Fido used to having his toes handled. Start by teaching your pet to Gimme Paw. When your furry pal offers his foot, play with his toes for a minute, then give him a treat and let go. Next, try running your clippers over his claw, but don’t cut yet. You just want to get your pup used to having his toes handled.

Professional Nail Trims

If you don’t feel comfortable offering your pooch a pawdicure, just call us to schedule a quick nail trim. These can also be scheduled into Fido’s regular veterinary appointments.

Does your dog need a peticure? Contact Arapahoe Animal Hospital, your Boulder, CO vet, serving Louisville and surrounding areas, today!

Website Designed & Developed by DVMelite | All Rights Reserved | Login

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

Follow Me on Instagram
  • Hannah and Emily loved seeing you this morning, Leo! ❤️ . #Repost @leo_the_mini_frenchie with @get_repost ・・・ A few of my favorite humans @arapahoeanimalhospital ❤️

    arapahoeanimalhospital: "Hannah and Emily loved seeing you this morning, Leo! ❤️
.
 #Repost @leo_the_mini_frenchie with @get_repost
・・・
A few of my favorite humans @arapahoeanimalhospital ❤️"
    38
    1
  • We're loving our gorgeous bouquet from Oatie's mom, Diane. Thank you so much! 💜✨

    arapahoeanimalhospital: "We're loving our gorgeous bouquet from Oatie's mom, Diane. Thank you so much! 💜✨"
    39
    2
  • Happy Sunday! We hope your day is filled with a mix of fun and relaxation! ❤️

    arapahoeanimalhospital: "Happy Sunday! We hope your day is filled with a mix of fun and relaxation! ❤️"
    30
    3
  • Britt, one of our amazing Veterinary Assistants, gave Shimmer extra love this morning while she was waking up after her ultrasound. 💖

    arapahoeanimalhospital: "Britt, one of our amazing Veterinary Assistants, gave Shimmer extra love this morning while she was waking up after her ultrasound. 💖"
    41
    1
  • Happy Two-sday! Did you know our very own Dr. Hayes practices Falconry? These are two of his adorable Falcon's when they were babies! ✨💜

    arapahoeanimalhospital: "Happy Two-sday! Did you know our very own Dr. Hayes practices Falconry? These are two of his adorable Falcon's when they were babies! ✨💜"
    35
    1
  • Winnie the English Bulldog helped us forget it's Monday for a few precious minutes. What gets you through Monday's? 🙃🐶🐱

    arapahoeanimalhospital: "Winnie the English Bulldog helped us forget it's Monday for a few precious minutes. What gets you through Monday's? 🙃🐶🐱"
    35
    3
  • Have you met our newest Client Service Rep yet? Emily just moved here from North Carolina and is so excited to be with us. Please join us in welcoming her to the Arapahoe family! 🐶💜🐱

    arapahoeanimalhospital: "Have you met our newest Client Service Rep yet? Emily just moved here from North Carolina and is so excited to be with us. Please join us in welcoming her to the Arapahoe family! 🐶💜🐱"
    49
    3
  • Being cool comes naturally to Perseus, our July Doggle of the Month, especially when he's wearing his Doggles for Laser Therapy with Kim! 😎

    arapahoeanimalhospital: "Being cool comes naturally to Perseus, our July Doggle of the Month, especially when he's wearing his Doggles for Laser Therapy with Kim! 😎"
    38
    2
  • So many birthdays! We love it. Happy Birthday, Mochi!! 💙✨ . #Repost @mcnamasa ・・・ Happy 4th birthday Mochi! #hastobearoundnow #fluffbucket #howareyoufour #mochidog

    arapahoeanimalhospital: "So many birthdays! We love it. Happy Birthday, Mochi!! 💙✨
.
#Repost @mcnamasa
・・・
Happy 4th birthday Mochi!

#hastobearoundnow #fluffbucket #howareyoufour #mochidog"
    30
    2
  • Happy 1st Birthday, Archie & Pedo! ❤️🎉 . #Repost @two_bald_pomchis ・・・ ✨ happiest 1st birthday to Archie and Pedo✨ not many people can say they’ve known their dog since they day they were born and I couldn’t be happier to have kept all three pups in the family 💙💙 #birthdaypup #firstbirthday #sospoiled #growingupsofast

    arapahoeanimalhospital: "Happy 1st Birthday, Archie & Pedo! ❤️🎉
.
#Repost @two_bald_pomchis
・・・
✨ happiest 1st birthday to Archie and Pedo✨ not many people can say they’ve known their dog since they day they were born and I couldn’t be happier to have kept all three pups in the family 💙💙 #birthdaypup #firstbirthday #sospoiled #growingupsofast"
    27
    1