Dog lovers want to do everything right for their beloved four-legged friend. The spectrum is big. The right diet, plenty of exercise, a good education and all sorts of accessories for the four-legged friend. Unfortunately, the claw care is frowned upon by some dog owners. According to the motto "this is something for the spoiled fashion dogs" this necessary must be ignored. Below is explained when and why a claw care for each breed important is.
Dog claws grow steadily like finger and toe nails in humans. The claws are sufficiently worn by the daily walk and other activities. The wear of the dog claws on the front and rear paws varies. On the hind paws you will rarely find too long claws. It is different with the claws on the front paws. The claw is part of the dog toe. As a result, there are nerve cells and blood vessels in the claw. This area is commonly referred to as "life".
The reasons listed are possible triggers for the problem. Mostly several aspects are responsible for the increased claw growth or the reduced abrasion.
– living environment (soft forest and meadow paths, sandy soil, little hard ground and asphalt)
– too little physical activity due to the age of the dog or the owner
– Misbehavior of the paws due to a previous injury
– Hereditary predisposition in the dog family
– race-specific peculiarity
– increased growth through rich feed
The claws are too long if the dog makes noises while walking. That means on wood or stone floor one hears a click. Another clue is when the claws touch the ground when standing. Wolf claws (dew claws) are constantly growing. They are not worn. These must always be cut. These claws are in danger of ingrowing.
The quadruped is hampered by long claws in locomotion. The risk of injury to the paws also increases. With long claws, the dog may be more likely to get stuck on objects or bumps. As a result, the dog claws can split or tear and in the worst case even tear.
If long claws are normal, there are postural defects. The dog changes the placing of the paws on the ground. He wants to prevent pain. This behavior can cause changes in the musculature or skeleton.
Dogs scratch themselves regularly. Long or split claws can cause injury.