Do dogs cut their own nails?

Answered by Jason Smith

Dogs do not cut their own nails. Unlike humans, dogs’ nails do not naturally wear down to a desirable length through regular walking or other activities. In the wild, dogs would naturally wear down their nails through digging, running, and climbing, but domesticated dogs often do not have the same opportunities for natural nail maintenance.

If your dog’s nails are not naturally breaking on their own while walking, it is important to address this issue to prevent discomfort or potential injury. Long nails can cause a variety of problems, such as pain, difficulty walking, and even infections if they grow too long and curl into the paw pad.

One option to address this issue is to trim your dog’s nails yourself. This can be done at home with the use of a nail clipper specifically designed for dogs. However, it is important to be cautious and gentle when trimming your dog’s nails, as cutting them too short can cause bleeding and pain. If you are unsure how to trim your dog’s nails properly, it is recommended to seek guidance from a professional groomer or veterinarian.

Another option is to take your dog to a groomer or veterinarian to have their nails trimmed professionally. Groomers and veterinarians have experience and expertise in handling dogs and trimming their nails safely. They can also provide additional services such as filing the nails to smooth any rough edges.

It is worth noting that some dogs may resist having their nails trimmed, as they may find it uncomfortable or scary. In such cases, it may be helpful to gradually introduce your dog to nail trimming by associating it with positive experiences, such as treats or praise, and taking it slow to build your dog’s trust and comfort.

Dogs do not naturally cut their own nails. It is important for dog owners to regularly check and maintain their dog’s nails to prevent discomfort and potential health issues. Whether you choose to trim the nails yourself or seek professional help, keeping your dog’s nails at a proper length is essential for their overall well-being.