Washington Heights, New York
728 W 181St
New York, NY 10033
(347) 726-9409

Is it Important to Clip Your Dog’s Nails? September 25, 2019

Washington Heights, Manhattan
Is it Important to Clip Your Dog’s Nails?, Manhattan, New York

The wild ancestors of your lovable pet didn’t need regular dog grooming or nail trimming. However, most dogs today don’t walk enough on hard surfaces to wear their nails down naturally. Clipping your dog’s nails regularly is an important part of their overall health and comfort. This guide touches on why nail clipping is important and tips for keeping your pup calm as you clip their nails. 

Why Clipping Is Important Dog Grooming

Overgrown nails can get caught on rugs or uneven ground and break. This can be painful for the dog and, in serious cases, require a visit to the animal clinic. When your dog’s nails are overgrown for too long, the bones in their feet shift to relieve pressure on the nails. This in turn, puts pressure on the joints of the feet, making walking more difficult. 

Frequency of Clipping 

It’s time to clip your dog’s nails if their feet make a clicking noise because their nails hit a hard surface. They should be short enough to barely touch the ground as they walk. Your dog grooming schedule will vary based on the age and activity level of your dog. Typically, once a month is fine for adult dogs, though puppies need more frequent visits. Dogs with overgrown nails will initially need more frequent trims until the nails can be adequately shortened. 

Keeping Your Dog Relaxed 

Before trimming, acclimate your dog or puppy to the tools you will use. This can include letting them sniff the tools and gently touching their paws to them. Always reward them positively. If your dog is uneasy, try clipping one or two nails a day. Since dogs can sense anxiety, try to stay calm. If you’d prefer someone with more experience trim your pet’s nails, make an appointment with a dog grooming professional. 


For all your dog grooming needs in Manhattan, bring your pet to Pet Fashion and Grooming. From clipping to spa treatment, and even supplies and a doggy daycare, this Hudson Heights business has everything your furry friend needs. Each staff member is specialized in an area of pet care. Learn more about their services online or call (347) 726-9409 to schedule an appointment.

Other Announcements, Events and Deals from Pet Fashion & Grooming
4 Tips to Prepare Your Dog for Boarding, Manhattan, New York
When you go on vacation, you may worry about boarding your dog. However, with a few simple steps to prepare, your pet will be relaxed and ready to enjoy their stay. Here are some&nbs...read more
4 FAQ About Dogs & Lyme Disease, Manhattan, New York
The warmer seasons allow for more chances to play with your dog outside, but they also bring a greater likelihood that you’ll need to take them to an animal clini...read more
3 Benefits of Pet Boarding , Manhattan, New York
When you need to be away from home overnight, finding someone to take care of your pets is a priority. If friends and family can’t care for your furry friend, it’s best to consider p...read more
Pet Boarding or Sitting: Which Is the Right Choice?, Manhattan, New York
It can be tough to decide what to do with your pet when you have to go out of town. If it’s not possible to bring them along, then you generally have two options: bring them to a boa...read more
Why It's Crucial to Trim Your Dog's Nails, Manhattan, New York
Pet owners are responsible for performing or scheduling dog grooming to promote health. Canines require regular nail trims to ensure they’re ready to walk and play saf...read more