Keeping your dog or cat’s nails neatly trimmed isn’t just cosmetic. It also prevents pain and injuries that could result in irreversible damage. Long claws reduce traction and cause animals to walk with a splayed foot. This can lead to tendon injuries and paw deformities. And when the end of a long nail touches the ground, it puts additional stress on the foot and leg, which contributes to arthritis.
When left untrimmed, pet nails form a curved shape. Eventually, it can curl under far enough to dig into the paw pads, causing pain and infections. Longer nails are also more likely to snag on clothing, furniture, and carpet. This can damage the outer layer of the nail, exposing the quick. Your pet may also injure them self by trying to dislodge a stuck nail.