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General tips for the care of a dog Part 3/3 - Paw and claw care

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General tips for the care of a dog Part 3/3 - Paw and claw care

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In this three-part article series, I want to introduce some important tips for dog grooming. In the first part I focused on grooming and bathing. In the second part you will get useful tips for eye, ear and dental care. In the third part, I will deal with the paw and claw care.


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Paw care

If you were with your dog outside, dirt and dangerous bacteria can get between the pad and the paws. If you don´t clean the paws, the dirt remains in the dog´s paws and thus also gets into your home. Due to this, it is highly recommended to clean your dog's paws after walks regularly.




This is relatively easy and after some time for you and your dog absolutely routine. For light dirt it is sufficient to clean the paws with a damp cloth. For a lot of dirt the paws should be rinsed off with lukewarm water. In winter you should rather use cold water. The dog's paws are very sensitive to temperature fluctuations and can lead to cracks or wounds. The temperature fluctuations are very uncomfortable for your dog. Tony is always waiting like a good boy in the hallway until he gets cleaned. For him, the paw care has become a normal ritual after walking, so he waits without command.



You should take a look at the paws regularly. Especially in the winter, because then the paws are very overused through ice and snow. The hair between the toes often accumulate, especially for long-haired dogs, snow lumps that can interfere the walking. This snow accumulations can be prevented by sheering off the longer hairs between the toes in the winter-time. You should preferably avoid walking on the sanded street, because the scattered salt is getting between the toes and can cause injury and inflammation. You should, independently of the season, clean the paws after each walk.



Claw care

If the dog does not move much or mostly moves on soft ground, the claws are not sufficiently worn and need to be cut accordingly. Dog claws, on the contrary to human finger- and toenails, are supplied with blood and are made of a very hard horn.

It is relatively easy to determine whether the claws must be trimmed. Place your dog on a solid floor (tiles,parquet, etc.). If the claws end approximately just above the ground, then it is good. But once the claws touch the ground or even turn to the side, they should be cut. The fifth claw grows on fore-paws further up on the sides. If this is too long, it forms a squiggle and at worst it can grow into the flesh. This must of course also be cut regularly.

For this you can use a suitable claw clipper. You should in no case cut off too much. The danger here is that the blood vessels within the claw can get injured and this can lead to inflammation. During the claws cutting you should hold on tight the paw of your dog. If your dog has bright dog claws you can see the curve of the blood vessels quite well. In case of dark nails you can hold a flashlight against the claw to see the blood vessels.




For Tony I use a claw clipper with a round recess which is adapted to the shape of the claw. Thus, can reduce the risk that the claw rotates when trimming and cause injury. The cutting should be ideally shown by a veterinarian. Just cut small pieces, always. Like for all the other things too, you should get used  your four-legged friend to the claw clipper in a playing way. In the first encounters with the claw clipper you should not cut and reward your best friend with a treat. So the dog learns that the claw clipper poses no danger.

Through this article-series, you now have a good overview of the general care of a dog and know what to do to keep your dog clean and healthy.

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Read also:

---> Dangerous & toxic food for dogs

---> Grooming & Dog Bath - General tips for the care of a dog Part 1/3

---> Eyes, ears and teeth care - General tips for the care of a dog Part 2/3


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