Toenails need to be trimmed if they become long. Dogs that walk or run on a hard or rough surface will wear their nails naturally. Some nails grow outward before they turn down and these naturally grow longer. Long nails can get caught on things or twist and break. I usually try to trim the nails level with the pad, then slowly back till I see the pink quick
Broken nails at the nail bed sometimes need to be surgically removed because the cracked area disturbs the skin and the nail and toe become very inflamed and painful. Floppy dewclaws grow long nails that can curl in and grow into the pad. These nails never wear down because they don’t reach the ground. The punctured pad gets infected and painful. Watch those nails and learn to trim!
Check out the Dog Dish Diet!
Dogs can often recover from skin and ear problems or stomach and bowel problems by feeding a better diet. Everyday, someone thanks me for helping their dog recover from chronic medical problems by advising different foods and ingredients. It has changed the way I practice veterinary medicine. I still use medications…but much less frequently!
Many people are achieving better health with less processed food. Why wouldn’t that work with dogs! If you feed your pet better commercial food or share healthy “human food” ingredients, many dogs will recover from chronic medical problems needing less or no medication. Check out the testimonials, that’s why the Dog Dish Diet works!
Don’t expect this kind of information to come from your vet. Vets are not taught to give nutritional counseling. In fact, most vets are uncomfortable giving nutritional advice and even considering different diets and ingredients . It’s really not our fault. We were taught that way. We were taught all dogs could eat kibble.
I’m a recovering kibble-holic and now offer better ingredients and home cooked food for my dogs!