|Barked: Sat Jan 14, '12 4:59pm PST |
|In our grooming clients I will assume one in twenty don't need nails trimmed. Usually they are dogs built like Sanka with good, strong feet and toes.
The worse are poodles and GSD's whose nails grow OUT instead of down and don't really touch the ground when they are running.
Most terriers also keep their nails pretty well trimmed if they get any exercise at all.
When I had labs I only trimmed them during the Winter. I think it was a combination of the cold making the quick recede AND the lack of solid ground to keep them naturally filed down.
As for the cold making the quicks recede...I always suggest clients whose dogs nails are really way too long come every three or four weeks during the Winter. It usually works pretty well to make those quicks back off and we can get the nails to a good length in just a couple of months without quicking them and making them bleed.
Some people actually ask me to cut them really short even if they do bleed. I will not do it!!! Imagine how painful if you ripped every fingernail to the quick???
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