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Most of us do not give our dog’s nails much thought. If you take your dog to the vet or groomers for bathing, you may never think of them. But, a dog’s nails are more like our toes – if they go bad, it can affect the entire way they walk. In the case of a puppy, it can actually harm their conformation and lead to a host of problems. Allowing a puppy’s nails to grow too long will cause the toes to spread, which puts stress on the joints and could permanently affect their structure. Even in an adult dog, long nails can cause skeletal problems as they try to walk.|
Long nails can also curl under, cutting into the skin and causing infections. Dew claws are the most common culprit, as owners often forget about clipping them.
Regular nail trims are essential for your dog’s health
Keeping your dog’s nails short is the single most important way to care for them. A good rule of thumb is if you can hear your dog’s nails “clacking” on hard surfaces, they are too long. Nails should never touch the ground.