Main Border Collies
A Canine Pedicure
Long nails can affect your dog's gait, posture, performance and confidence, resulting in possible lameness, injury and arthritis.
With changing methods of managing sheep and working our dogs are spending more time running on grass than on the roads as they used to.
This change has led to many of our dogs not naturally wearing down their nails; a problem that is also a serious one for the aged dogs in our community.
Dog's nails are constantly growing, just like our nails and horses hooves.
When the nails are long:
Trimming the nails, especially in an old dog, may relieve the weight from the hips etc.
Good feet help the dog to stand square and work with confidence and ease.
How long should the nails be?
When and how do I clip them?
Cut the nail so that the quick recedes and the nail can be cut shorter again at a later date. (Diag 3 )
The following method helps to get the dog’s nails shorter without hurting them or touching the quick but at the same time getting the quick to recede. The main idea is to trim around the quick and allow it to dry up and recede on its own. ( Diag 4)
Have an antiseptic powder to treat and stem any bleeding, should you cut too close to the quick.
Clipping away at the sides and end of the nail, exposing the tip of the quick. Clear away the flaky nail and the soft white stuff.
The majority of the cuts should be parralel to the quick and not across it.
The nails should be very much shorter after 3 trims in about 6 weeks, by which time there should be a noticeable improvement. Each time taking a bit more nail off and exposing a bit more quick, enabling it to again, dry and recede.
· Once the nails are short, then just keep an eye on them and clip when needed.
I am not a Vet or an expert in this matter but the following is basically an account of my experience and my research on the subject and is used at your own risk.