Hoomans thoroughly enjoy their day at a spa. Everything is relaxing and soothing to the soul. The manicures and pedicures make us squeaky clean and also make us feel like a new person. In conclusion, the experience is pretty nice. Don't you think our pets deserve it too? Looking after your pet’s nails and paws is an important aspect of maintaining your pet’s health. Ignoring such things in your pet can lead to many complications for eg: A dog with long nails will suffer because the nails will curl and grow into the paw pads which would cause immense pain and bleeding every step they take. Therefore it is better to maintain your pet’s paws and nails and be regular with your vet’s visit! Here are some tips on how to take care of your pet’s nails and paws.
Some pets prefer to stay indoors while some are very active and love to be outdoors as long as they can. When they are outdoors their nails are maintained because of them walking or running on rough surfaces which in turn grinds their nails and maintains them naturally. Your pet's nails should just about touch the ground when they walk. If their nails are clicking or getting snagged on the floor, it's time for a pedicure. If your pet has regular visits to your vet or your groomer then they would constantly be checking the size of their nails and maintaining them as well.
There is an ideal time for clipping your pet’s nails which is when they are bathing or after they have finished bathing. It is at this time when their nails are soft and it would be easy to clip them. Having styptic powder nearby is a good idea in case you get too close to the blood vessels which causes them to bleed .
By keeping your home and yard clear of sharp bits and pieces you can reduce the risk of injury. Be conscious to avoid hazards such as broken glass and also don't let your pet go near stagnant water when you’re taking your pet for a walk. It all comes to the simple realization that if you don't like walking barefoot on an uncomfortable surface then neither will your pet. Random objects can get stuck in your pet’s pads so it is vital to check them regularly for debris which can normally be removed using tweezers.
Having a first aid kit beside you is necessary. If your pet’s pad gets cut then you need to apply first aid. You should start by cleaning the cut with an antibacterial wash and follow that with some antibacterial cream and bandage the paw. This may be a tad painful for your pet but it will reduce the risk of infection. If the cut is deep, please go seek veterinary help.
A pet’s pads can become cracked and dry if we don't pay proper attention to them. You can consult with your vet and they’ll suggest a pet moisturizer or paw balm. Please avoid human hand moisturizers as they tend to soften the pet’s paw pads which increases the risk of injury. Massages are so soothing and relaxing for us. Massaging your pet’s paws comforts them and initiates a relaxing effect on your pet and improves their blood circulation.
Just like we hoomans like to stay squeaky clean, so do our pets. They love it when they are cared for and treated with utmost care. The more you look after them the more wet boops or cuddles you’ll get. In the case of doggos they might also sneak in an extra boop for you and who wouldn't love that right? We know we would! Do you have any tips that would help to take care of your pet’s nails and paws? Tell us in the comments below!