How to care for the claws of dogs and cats: useful tools


Nail clipping is an important part of your pet’s care. With untidy paws, a dog or cat feels discomfort and even problems with movement — long claws deprive them of precise support. A special need for this procedure is felt if the pet does not walk on a hard surface — the claws do not grind themselves and continue to grow.

Claws perform an important function. They are used for defense, attack, movement. If animals grow claws that are too large, they stop moving confidently. In addition, there is a possibility of growing into the paw pad, and in such a situation, the help of a veterinary surgeon will already be required.

How often do you need to cut your pet’s nails?

Everything must be done carefully, then kittens or puppies will not break out. In fact, the procedure is carried out on an individual basis. Each animal grows in its own way, in small breeds such as the Bedlington Terrier, Toy Terrier, Italian or Shih Tzu claws grow much faster than large dogs such as the Caucasian Shepherd or Alabai.

Usually paw grooming should be done every 1-2 weeks. But if the nails grow rather slowly and grind off on their own, then the number of procedures can be reduced to 1 time per month. At the same time, you need to inspect the paws regularly.

Lazy owners prefer to deliberately reduce the time for caring for the claws of a cat or dog. Having waited for the moment when the dog begins to experience difficulties with movement, they decide to cut them off. This is completely the wrong approach. Together with the claw, the pulp vessels also grow (Loose fibrous connective tissue that fills the cavity of the claw, with a large number of nerve endings, blood and lymphatic vessels). During rare procedures, the risk of «bleeding» is much higher.

Basic set

Nail clippers for dogs and cats The most important of them is a clipper (tweezers or wire cutters). It comes in different sizes and for any dog ​​there is an opportunity to choose “their” tool. The price range is quite wide: the minimum cost starts from 100 rubles and can reach almost 500-600 rubles. On average, a tool is sold for 200-300 rubles.

Have you already chosen a nail cutter for your pet?


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