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Nail Trimming vs. Nail Buffing

Nail Trimming vs. Nail Buffing

Long, unkempt nails can do serious damage to your dog over time. When the nails are so long that they constantly touch the ground, they exert force back into the nail bed, creating pain for the dog. Long nails can also get caught, torn, or split, causing pain and possible injury. In extreme cases, overgrown nails can curve and grow into the pad of the foot. Luckily, there are two different options for keeping your dog's nails healthy!

Nail Trimming - $10
A traditional nail trim is performed with a scissor type clipper, which puts less pressure on the nail than a guillotine clipper, making it more comfortable for your dog. Clippers aren't noisy, but leave a sharp edge to the nail which can be painful to you if your dog is a jumper. Nail trimming is recommended if your dog is sensitive to noise. 

Nail Buffing - $15
Nail buffing is where a dremel tool (or "grinder") designed for pets is used to file away the excess nail and leave a shorter, smoother finish. Nail grinding typically gets the nails shorter and lasts longer than traditional clipping and presents less risk for quicking since you are filing bits off at a time. This is a good option for those pups with clipper anxiety, however it is noisier than clippers. Nail grinding is also good for dogs with thicker nails and will leave the nails smoother. 


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