The nails in this picture are too long with very long quicks



We can help with nail trims at the Animal Center, however, we require a few things

  • Once scheduled – we may need 1-2 weeks to do them while attending Daycare
  • All dogs MUST be good with being held (calm, no jumping or wrestling)
  • All dogs Must be good with feet being touched (no growling, biting, etc)

We will be putting dogs in a 4 week rotation for those who want us to do Nails.

Your dog’s health includes TRIM NAILS.

A healthy short nail with a nice short quick will not make a clicking sound as they walk across a hardwood floor.

If you hear your dog clicking as they walk, they need a nail trim.

Your dog should be able to stand and the nails should not touch the floor.

Your dog’s nails should be trimmed every 4-5 weeks.

What happens if you do not trim nails?

  • First their nail quick will grow longer with the nails if they are not trimmed regularly.  It will take a long time to get that quick back to where it should be.
  • Long nails can split.  These nails can split up into the nail bed making a trip to the vet necessary.  This can be painful.
  • Long Nails can break.  Again, this might be a break up above the nail bed making it bloody and painful.  A trip to the vet maybe needed.
  • Long nails can damage floors, furniture, doors when jumped on and more.
  • If you have a dog that jumps on people to greet, people can get scratched.  Sometimes bad enough to bleed.  Jumping should NEVER be allowed unless they ONLY jump when commanded to. Training your dog to not do this is always advised.  However, jumping with long nails can really hurt someone. Not jumping is good for EVERY dog, small and large.  Many people allow small dogs to jump because they are small, however, it is still advised to discourage jumping on people, doors, etc.
  • Long nails can prevent your dog from walking properly
  • Long nails can turn toes sideways
  • Long dew claw nails are notorious for growing around and then cutting into the dogs leg if not trimmed regularly

If you are unable to trim your dog’s nails on a regular schedule of approximately every 4-5 weeks, then you will need to make an appointment with a groomer or your veterinarian to keep your dogs nails trim and healthy.

Be Aware

Due to Damage, DOGS with long nails will not be able to do certain activities at the Animal Center due to the damage they can cause.

Some activities that long nails will not be allowed –

  • Splash Pad
  • Pools
  • Any activity with blow up props
  • Any activity where long nails will be an issue



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