My dashhound's nails , they pierce his own feet !

India
January 18, 2008 9:08am CST
Anyone would find this strange , but something is really troubling my Buddy , his nails they are curly in shape and as they grow they pierce his own toes ! Always one or more it pierces his body and the area it pierces becomes a cancerous part , what to do guys , anyone seen such a thing before?
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@Angela34 (102)
• United States
18 Jan 08
Hi Archie I would suggest you clip your dog's toe nails at least once every 2 weeks to once a month. The longer the dog's nails are the more they curl and it is very painful for the dog. There are sites online that tell you how to do it. If you arent comfortable doing it yourself, take your dog to the vet or a grooming place and have it done.
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• India
18 Jan 08
Well i can't do that as he dosent let me do it , so i better take him to a vet!
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@lightningd (1041)
• United States
20 Jan 08
Some dogs naturally keep their nails trimmed, because of their surroundings. If your dog walks on concrete much, that generally will keep their nails trimmed. If they're always on grass or in the house on carpet, they're not going to naturally trim themselves, and you need to either trim them or have your vet do it. It's generally not very expensive to have it done. I used to take my Pembroke Welsh Corgi in once a month for grooming at my vet's office, it cost me like 15$ and they clipped her rear end, (to keep it from getting feces in it when she pottied) and would also trim her nails, even paint them if I asked. Now dew claws ( the nails located up higher than the pads of the feet, would be like their thumb) can be very dangerous in that they get no natural wear regardless. Some breeders have the dew claws removed at birth from their puppies (I always did), but others do not. Either way, if you can't trim them yourself, take him to the vet and let them do it.
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• United States
18 Jan 08
I had a daschund and she had the same problems. Sounds like her nails are too long. If I let my doxie's nails grow out, hers would curl under and cut into her pads. If you don't know how to cut a dog's nails, take your dog into her vet and let a vet tech or the vet show you. The clippers can be bought at a pet store for about $10. When her nails curl under and grow into her feet, it's the same thing as you having nails driven into the bottom of your feet and then forcing you to walk on them. How does that feel?
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@MsTickle (24995)
• Australia
26 Jan 08
You should be ashamed of yourself for neglecting your dog in this way. You should be reported for cruelty. Why are you letting this happen and not doing anything? Take your dog to the vet immediately anf when he is better, find a new home for him because you are too ignorant, selfish and lazy to look after him. I know I'm being harsh but you need a wakeup call. If you don't know how to care for your pet, don't have one.