Yes, dogs need to have their nails trimmed whenever they grow too long. Failure to trim overgrown nails can hurt dogs and cause various health problems for your pooch, and at the same time increase their risk of injury.
Here is what happens if you don’t cut your dog’s nails…
Posture Problems And Limping
If your dog’s nails are overgrown and touching the ground, this means that they’ll push back on the nail bed every time your dog is walking. This can be painful for your pooch, and to ease the pain, your dog will change their posture, which will in turn create undue pressure on your dog’s toe joints.
Over the long term, this can affect your dog’s posture and lead to problems like limping, even after you cut off the nails. In extreme cases, poor posture can even lead to problems like back pain, arthritis, and even hip dysplasia. To prevent this, don’t allow your doggie’s nails to grow too long.
A dog’s nails usually curl downwards. If they are left to grow too long, they could continue curling and turn inwards, towards the paw pads. This is particularly common in small-sized breeds, such as Chihuahuas and Pugs.
If the nails start growing into the paw pads, this can be very painful for your pooch. This pain can make walking and running very difficult for your dog. In addition, such ingrown nails minimize your dog’s traction, increasing their likelihood of getting injuries from slips and falls.
The longer your dog’s nails grow, the more likely they are to be caught in things such as roots, cracks on the pavement, and rocks. When this happens, the nails could break or even get torn off completely, causing very painful injuries that could also be susceptible to infections.
Sometimes, instead of curving inwards towards the paw pad, an overgrown nail will splay to the side and continue growing.
With time, this forces your dog’s toes to tilt in the same direction as the nail, effectively splaying your dog’s toes, deforming your dog’s feet and injuring the toe and feet tendons. Eventually, this can make it very difficult for your canine buddy to walk or run properly.
As explained in the above, all these potential problems illustrate the importance of nail trimming in dogs.