Trimming your pet’s nails is a vital part of taking care of your pet. Dog and cat nails are constantly growing, and if they are left untended, they can potentially grow into your pet’s footpads or tear off and cause pain to your pet, which could result in a visit to the veterinarian.
Depending on how much time your pet spends outside, every pet’s nail growth rate is different. For a dog, it is usually time to clip when their nails touch the ground. For a cat, usually every two weeks will keep their nails sufficiently groomed.
Getting your pet used to having their paws handled is essential in creating a positive reaction to the nail trims. Using rewards or treats and showing attention are excellent ways to make sure your pet enjoys the experience.
The ASPCA offers excellent tips on how to trim your dog’s nails and your cat’s nails. Or, if you need a visual, researching how-to videos, like this one, can be very helpful. However, if you’d prefer to learn how to trim your pet’s nails specifically from a veterinarian, or if you have any additional questions, don’t hesitate to call us here at Campus Veterinary Clinic at (510) 549-1252.