Features March 2014 Issue

Keeping Your Dog's Feet Healthy

Over-long nails alter the way your dog stands and strides, and can actually cause lameness and injuries, as your dog tries to move in a way that doesnít hurt his toes and feet. If you donít feel up to keeping them trimmed yourself, make regular appointments with a groomer.

Keeping Your Dog's Feet Healthy

Donít allow your fear of hurting your dog to prevent you from keeping his feet healthy.

My young Bouvier, Atle, has the triple threat of dog nails: black, stout, and surrounded by lots of hair. Regular nail trimming is not a task I relish, yet the importance of trimming nails canít be underestimated. Left untended, long nails can splinter or break off, affect your dogís gait, and cause orthopedic issues and pain. Although ultra-critical for performance dogs, proper foot care is required for the health and well-being of all dogs Ė couch potato or agility star.

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