Dr. Gina Roberts on the Dangers of Ingrown Toenails

With the warm weather here and pets pursuing more outdoor activities, we want to make sure those toenails are summer ready!

Outdoor activities, especially walking on rough surfaces, such as cement or black top, can help to keep your dog’s toenails short. During the colder months when your dog may not be as active, or if your dog spends a lot of time on grass, it may be necessary to regularly trim toenails to a reasonable length. If allowed to keep growing, sometimes toenails can become ingrown, even growing around full circle and into the toe pad, causing pain and infection. This is a particular concern for older animals that are not as active as they use to be and for certain breeds, such as Pugs. 

Cats also experience this problem, whether indoors or out. Older cats and those with arthritis often do not use scratching posts or materials as often. Active scratching is necessary for cats to shed the outermost layers of nail, which if not done can result in an abnormally large, thick nail that is more likely to grow into the toe pad. This is also a particular concern for cats with extra toes, some of which do not often make contact with the ground or scratching posts.

If you are having trouble trimming your pet’s nails we can help. Our technicians will gladly show you how to trim your pet’s nails, or we can trim them for you. Take a peek at your pet’s nails today, and contact us if you need help keeping your pet’s feet happy this summer! (802-295-6900)

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