Trimming Dog’s Nails (Part 1 – When and Why)

How often should you trim your dog’s nails?  Generally every four to six weeks is sufficient; however, this depends on rate of nail growth and how often the dog walks on surfaces that would wear down the nails.  Keeping your dog’s nails trimmed is important for the health of your dog, as long nails can cause two health issues:

  • Nails can curl under and begin to grow into the footpad.  This can be painful for the dog and could lead to infection of the footpad.
  • Long nails can also cause pressure on the foot, causing the toes to spread out or splay which can also be painful for your dog.

The American Kennel Club recommends that you trim your dog’s nails so they just clear the floor.  In other words if you hear clickity-clack….it’s time to cut them back!