Burnaby Dog Grooming - Feet, Pads and Nails
Caring for your dog’s paws should be of the utmost importance. It’s deeper than making sure they don’t harm themselves while scratching. Maintaining your furry friend’s feet, pads and nails is less about keeping your upholstery in tact and more about her health. Nails should remain nice and short to prevent fractures. We’ll inspect for cracks and lacerations during the grooming process. Owners should make sure paws remain dry. If paws are not given the opportunity to dry, infections are likely to develop. The groomer will check in between each digit and trim excessive hair. Too much fur attracts moisture and causes yeast and bacteria.
How to Know When Your Pet Needs a Trim
Your dog’s digits can be twisted or stuck when nails are too long. Conduct a thorough inspection of your furry companion’s nail beds. If you notice dryness and flaking, it’s time for a trim. You’ll hear your pet click-clacking across the floor when it’s time to cut her nails. When your pet’s nails are too long, he can risk injuring himself while scratching. While he’s playing with guests and family members, he can bruise and cut skin unintentionally. At Burnaby Dog Grooming, we are careful not to cut your dog’s nails to the quick.
If you’re bringing your furry friend to Burnaby Dog Grooming on a monthly basis, we’ll carefully trim its nails on each visit. There is no rule as to how often your dog’s nails should be trimmed. Like humans, dog’s nails grow at different rates. It depends on the breed, size of the dog and nutrition. It’s important to note that dog nails can become ingrown. To prevent ingrown nails, consider trimming monthly. When dog’s have fleas and ticks, they scratch incessantly. This creates hot spots, scratches and redness that we want to avoid. Monthly trimming prevents your pet from damaging the derma.
Many pet owners are unaware of the quick. If you’ve never heard this term being used before, you’re not alone. The quick refers to the nerve endings and blood vessels that run through your pet’s nails. With light colored nails, it is recognized by its pink appearance. Many dogs have dark nails, making the quick difficult to detect. Professional groomers may utilize a flashlight to determine where the quick ends. Cutting to the quick is very painful and emotionally damaging for pets. If this happens, you’ll have to rebuild trust and she will be extremely hesitant to allow you to handle her paws.
The Trimming Process
If your pet has never had his nails trimmed before, it will feel very foreign for him. Over time, he will learn to get used to it and even enjoy it. Constant physical touch and verbal praise is administered to alleviate stress. A handler’s apparatus is used to keep your dog on the table and prevent him from injuring himself during the process. There are 3 types of trimmers available for cutting your pet’s nails. We prefer a nail grinder. A light tapping of the electric grinder against your pet’s nails will keep them nice and short. He will be less likely to injure himself while scratching, plus your upholstery and rugs won’t get snagged.