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How Often to Cut Dog’s Nails? Simple Answer..or Is It?


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One of the questions that periodically crosses dog owners minds is How Often to Cut Dog’s Nails? That’s part of being a responsible pet owner.

If you didn’t give this question much thought before, please start now.

As much as your fluffy buddy gives you love and affection as your thinking of your four-legged pal’s comfort should be

The difficulty of this process comes when You don’t wanna cut them too soon or you face the risk of cutting the quick (we will have more on this later) and also you don’t want to let them grow so they turn into daggers like a scene from a horror movie

I’m pretty sure you wanna feel all cute and cuddly when your poodle pokes you on the leg
and not to feel hurt and angry like you have been stabbed.

In this article, we gonna discuss How Often to Cut Dog’s Nails along with Everything you need to know regarding dog’s nails.

OK, enough with the foreplay and let me cut to the chase

How Often to Cut Dog’s Nails?

Dogs are just like us, they need to have their nails trimmed once in a while to stay fresh and healthy.

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Although the exact answer differ from breed to breed and, the average amount of time between each nail trimming session and the next is about 1 to 2 months

Is that it?

Of course, not, There are several factors and indicators that come into play here and affect this whole process here. And you, the responsible pet owner, should factor them in when trying to decide when will be your puppy’s next nail trimming session,

We will go through them together, shall we?

First, How to Know If My dog’s Nails Are Too Long?

There are two rules here, The rule of the click and The rule of the thumb

The rule of the click: If it feels that your dog is tap dancing every time he goes into the room and if you can hear your beloved puppy coming from afar unlike before when he could sneak up on you, It’s time for his next trimming session.

The rule of the thumb (pun intended clearly): You should think about trimming your dog’s nails or have it trimmed when you see his nails touching the ground as he stands not before

Keep in mind,
Dog’s front nails grow on a much faster rate than his back nails.
So you may want to trim the front nails on a more regular basis

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Also, A good indicator that your dog’s nails are too long is when you see him sitting a lot even during his play time, or He may be unwilling to go for simple walks that he used to love.

When you realize that, you should know that there is something wrong and that will lead us into the next question, which is not yet how often to cut dog’s nails, but:

Second, Why Not to Let Your Dog’s Nails Get Too Long?

  • Long nails are painful to your pup whenever he strikes the floor or the pavement with each step
  • Long nails could hang up on fabrics or get tangled with thready carpets and may get torn off, ooh that would be painful.
  • It would be harder for your fluffy fur-ball to hold a good grip as they walk along slick floors, they may slip and it would be difficult for him to stand straight. I know what you are thinking now that would be cute and laughable, but to him, it would be painful
  • If not trimmed, your dog’s nails would curl and grow into your dog’s skin and paw pads. that will only lead to infection un trimmed would make
  • And of course, the damage that those daggers can cause to your floors, couch and you yourself

Third, What Are The Factors That Affect Nail Growth?

How often to cut your pup’s nails depend on several factors:

1. Breed

Some dog breeds may have nails that grow at a faster rate than others, so they require more nail trimming sessions.

A Chihuahua may need his nails to be cut short on a faster rate as he spends more time indoors than let’s say a German Shepherd

2. Activity

Dogs that spend much more time outdoors than indoors will have their nails worn down, so they won’t be in need of trimming sessions so often.

3. Age

Older dogs are usually more tired so they don’t walk as much that means their nails are free to grow on a much faster rate than younger dogs that their nails can be worn down because of their current movement.

This means more frequent trimming sessions for older pups

Fourth, How to Trim Your Dog’s Nails Easily and Painlessly?

You don’t need to pay much money for a professional groomer to trim your puppy’s nails.

You can do it yourself at home easily and I’m sure your fluffy friend would rather you do it than a stranger.

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Just follow these simple instructions

  • Prepare your equipment. You will need clippers or nail grinder and Styptic powder
  • Prepare for the session. Make sure the room is well lit and your dog is relaxed so he would be standing still while you are doing the trimming. If not, ask a friend for help to hold your puppy down. You don’t want to mess that up while a sharp tool in your hand.
  • Treats. Ease your puppy into the process by giving him his favorite treats. Patting will also help
  • Start with the very tip and cut it gently so your dog will get used to the sensation
  • Pick the nail you’re going to clip, hold the toe between your thumb and index finger, apply pressure but not too much or you will freak it out but just enough to hold it still
  • Get moving to the next and repeat the previous step.

And congratulations, you made it

That’s it.

That was our How Often to Cut Dog’s Nails Guide for you, I hope you have enjoyed it

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Good luck with your pooch

Remember, Love is the most important part of this equation, let your pup feel your love

Love is the answer to all Problems. Love yourself and love all the living things around you

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