Mon, Apr 1, 2024

We got him about 3 months ago from a couple that was homeless because they couldnt care for hi.. they said he has had his shots they adminstered 2 at home and 3rd time at vet but hes due for shots. My concern is his nails they are overly grown amd we took him tonpetsmsrt but they werent able to trim them as chewy wouldnt let them . So i need advice about getting his nsils trimmed . I nelieve he is going to need a bet and to be sedated maybe even surgery

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Overgrown nails in dogs can be caused by a lack of regular trimming, which is essential for maintaining their health and comfort. If Chewy's nails are overly grown, they can cause pain and potentially lead to problems with walking or even joint damage. It's important to address this issue promptly.

Given that Chewy was uncooperative at the pet store, it's wise to consider having his nails trimmed by a professional who is experienced in handling anxious or uncooperative dogs. A veterinarian or a professional groomer with experience in handling nervous pets would be your best option. They can assess Chewy's behavior and decide if sedation is necessary for a safe and stress-free nail trimming experience.

In the meantime, you can help Chewy become more comfortable with the idea of nail trimming by gently handling his paws regularly, without clipping the nails. This can help desensitize him to the sensation and reduce his anxiety during the actual trimming process. Offering treats and praise during and after paw handling can create a positive association.

If you notice any of the following symptoms, it would be best to take Chewy to a veterinary hospital:

- Limping or favoring one leg over others
- Signs of infection around the nails, such as redness, swelling, or discharge
- Nails curling into the pads of the feet
- Bleeding from the nails or paws
- Chewy showing signs of severe pain when his feet are touched

These symptoms could indicate that the overgrown nails have already caused more serious issues that require immediate medical attention.

Remember to keep Chewy's nails on a regular trimming schedule in the future to prevent overgrowth and the complications that come with it. Your veterinarian can provide guidance on how often Chewy's nails should be trimmed based on his activity level and nail growth rate.

If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to come back to us! Thank you.