In addition to grooming, claw care is an important part of maintaining a dog's health. Claws that have grown too long lead to great pain, which can also lead to postural or gait damage. Lameness and injuries cannot be completely ruled out either.
But how do you know if your dog's claws are too long? As a guideline, when the dog's claws hit the ground, it is time to act. You can also often hear a clacking noise on the floor when the dog is running, here too it is advisable to check the length of the claws.
Of course, you can leave the claw care to the vet, but if you trust yourself to trim the claws yourself, you need the following utensils:
- Claw scissors / claw pliers / claw grinder
- Scissors (to shorten the hair between the pads)
- Flashlight (with dark claws)
- Paw balm
Cut claws yourself
Since the dog's claws are supplied with blood, it is advisable to first examine the claws with a flashlight in order to make the blood vessels recognizable, especially with dark claws. In any case, you should cut the claw off at an angle from below, millimeter by millimeter, for this you can use claw pliers, for example. The claws on the front paw are more often affected than the claws on the hind paw. After successful shortening, you can apply a paw balm for care and cut the hair between the pads.
Another way to shorten the claws is to file the claws. If your four-legged friend got through the procedure well, don't forget to reward them adequately.
Unfortunately, it can happen that the claw is cut too deeply and it then bleeds. Stop the bleeding. If the wound is bleeding after about 30 minutes, see a veterinarian. In any case, protect the wound from dirt to avoid infection.
The interval at which you have to cut the claws depends on the breed of dog, the activity and the disposition of the dog, as well as the type of surface on which the dog moves mainly.