They don't trim their dogs nails!

United States
December 18, 2009 4:43pm CST
I have a nephew who doesn't trim his dog's nails! Apparently never has! My nephew and his wife has a black lab/plott hound mix. Laya is her name and I asked this question when Laya nails clicked on the tile floor! The reasoning behind that is she wears them down herself! I think Laya could use a trim once in awhile! Her nails get awful long!
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@minx267 (10990)
• Hartford, Connecticut
20 Dec 09
If A dog gets plenty of exercise where they run on pavement, that will help to "file" a dogs nails.. But if they don't, and all their exercise is on grass then it is probably recommended to do once in a while. I still only did my dogs once a year when they went in for their checkup. But of course if the dogs nails are noticeably long- they probably should be trimmed- if they are too long it can effect how they walk, and is bad for their feet.
• United States
28 Dec 09
I worry that Laya could have problems if her toe nails get to long! I realize she gets plenty of exercise and I shouldn't worry!
@minx267 (10990)
• Hartford, Connecticut
29 Dec 09
yes, if they are too long she can have problems- it effects the way they walk. and if they get to long they could get caught on something and rip off and then they could bleed.. I know this because it happened to my dog. I don't know what he even got his nail caught on in the back yard but next thing I know He's in pain and there is blood gushing from his toe. His nail ripped off near the base and I rushed him to the vet and they had to bandage his foot up. He walked a bit gingerly for a while. And his nails weren't even that long.
@PastorP (1174)
• United States
19 Dec 09
I have tried trimming my dog's nails, but she just pulls away. After buying the nail trimmer and attempting to trim without success, I saw her nails just were "naturally" trimmed, mainly from going on walks. On occasion I have found some of her old nails in our carpet.
@Java09 (3085)
• United States
20 Dec 09
You know I'm afraid to trim my dogs nails because I may cut the quick,but I did notice they trim down on their own,and I find his nails once in a while on the carpet.At least they get trimmed down on their own.
• United States
28 Dec 09
I have heard that some people don't like trimming their dogs nails because they are afraid they will trim them to short! I see their point!
@Java09 (3085)
• United States
20 Dec 09
I think it's ok as long as they tyrim down on their own.I believe they do,also what do wolves do,they obviously don't have the nails trimmed,so they must do things that file them down naturally.My dog ,I'm afraid to trim his nails because of the quick,but his nails seem to file down on its own.I think if a dog doesn't walk around on pavement he would need a trim.I walk my dog around the neighborhood on the sidewalk,so it must file his nails.
• United States
28 Dec 09
I have heard that story alot and I can see your point!
• India
19 Dec 09
Even I hv never trimmed my dogs nails and his front paws hv very long nails. I asked his vet once to cut his nails, but he told me that he will hv to give anesthesia to my dog to get his nails trimmed and adviced me to put a bone outside the mesh door and on seeing the bone, the dog will scratch his nails against the mesh door and by doing this the dog would be able to trim his nails. But my dog is so lazy that he just sits in front of the mesh door and keeps on growling for the bone, but never scratches his paw
• United States
28 Dec 09
I friend of mine has to do that with their Chihauhauhs! Ok that spelling is way wrong! But i hope you can figure out the breed name!LOL!
@CRIVAS (1822)
• Canada
19 Dec 09
Personally I don't trim my dog's nails either, it is true. Between bitting the nails and all the activities that they do during the day, they wear them out naturally. Besides it's not like wild dogs have the option of going to the doggie spa to have their nails trimed.
• United States
28 Dec 09
After I wrote this discussion I realized Laya probaly does wear her nails done! She doesn't get walked alot but she does run around the one acre her owners own! That is one of my nephews and his wife. Thanks for the response!
@Genericbe (1379)
• Philippines
19 Dec 09
Some pet owners prefer trim their pet nails so that whenever they hug them or play with them will not give scratches on the skin of the person handling them. Some preferred not to trim their pet nails so that other people will be frightened to play with their pet especially nowadays there are bad people that may cause harm in their residence. But for pets it is a good defense mechanism for them to have longer nails although it seems untidy. but that is the way it is.