Overgrown toenails can cause lameness when they grow into the paw pad or break.
Toenail injuries are painful. The quick, which you might be familiar with, is a collection of blood vessels and nerves. That’s why it bleeds and hurts so much.
Dogs can break their nail when they sang it on the carpet or upholstery, outdoor terrain, or when they land on it in an unfortunate way. The longer the nails, the more susceptible they are to injuries.
Further information: First Aid for Broken Nails in Dogs
Bubba is a 4-year-old Golden Retriever, loved and spoiled by his family. He’s an healthy, active, bouncy boy.
One morning, as he got up and came to join his family, he was limping, not putting any weight on his front left paw. His mom went to check him out and noticed, and one of Bubba’s nails was hanging at a strange angle, something sticking out from it. Bubba’s mom trimmed it off, but the problem seemed more serious.
At the veterinarian
Under sedation, the veterinarian examined Bubba’s nail thoroughly. Bubba not only broke his nail but half tore it off. It was barely hanging there. Without an intervention, Bubba would be in pain for days.
The veterinarian applied local anesthetic and pulled the hanging nail out, and bandaged the raw toe. While Bubba was still sedated, the veterinarian trimmed the rest of his nails.
Do take care of your dog’s nails and keep them properly trimmed. Longer nails are more likely to break, splinter, and get snagged on things. If your dog doesn’t like having their nails cut, teach them to be cool about it. It is easier than it seems if you know how to approach it. Check out Donna Hill’s video below for awesome tips on how to desentize your dog to nail care.
That is not it, folks
Overgrown nails in dogs don’t only present risk to being damaged themselves. They also alter your dog’s proprioception and can lead to other injuries.
Bubba, a 4-year-old Golden Retriever
First Aid for Broken Nails in Dogs