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What Happens If You Don't Trim Your Dog's Nails

Taking proper care of your dogs claws - essential for great overall health

Did you know that long nails can seriously harm your dog? Veterinarians warn that unkept claws can cause severe pain, make walking uncomfortable, and even result in irreversible damage to your pooch’s back and joints. What to do to prevent overgrown nails? Trim them regularly. What many pet owners may believe is a cosmetic task, it’s actually essential for their joints’ health and comfort.

As your dog’s claws grow and start touching the floor, a series of unseen problems start. First, long nails change your pet’s balance, since he’ll start placing weight on the nails, instead of his paw pads. The result: he will not be able to grip the floor properly and will feel pain to walk – a similar feeling of wearing too-tight shoes.

First, long nails change your pet’s balance, since he’ll start placing weight on the nails, instead of his paw pads.

Overgrown nails are an obstacle for your pet to move around on slippery surfaces. The more he slips, the more he tries to dig his nails into the ground for stability. This can lead to injury and a torn or split nail, which is very painful for your pet and may need to be treated by a vet.

In addition, pressure on the toe joint is created, causing the paw to splay or stretch out to lessen the pressure. In the long term, overgrown nails can realign the joints of the foreleg and make the paw look flattened and splayed, deforming the feet.


Despiting touching the ground, long nails also tend to bend and curve into the paw pad, causing pressure on the soles of your dog’s foot, resulting in pain to walk and bleed in the paw pad.

Trim your dog’s nails

With a simple nail trimming routine, you can improve your dog’s posture, comfort, and overall health. Short claws are essential for proper distribution of weight and for gripping the ground when he walks.


If your pup spends a lot of time outdoors playing on hard surfaces, his nails are naturally worn out and don’t need to be trimmed regularly. However, if you keep your pet indoors, his nails are likely to grow out and he will need a regular trim. In any case, the role of thumb is: never to let your dog’s nails touch the ground.


Trimming your dog’s nails can be a daunting task for both you and your pup if you use the wrong equipment. Fortunately, pet owners can count on LuckyTail Nail Grinder, a professional grooming device used and recommended by vets, for a comfortable and easy experience.


With LuckyTail, you can trim your dog’s nails every two weeks – or whenever they’re touching the floor. Use it to grind in quick and short bursts, round the nail, polish, and smooth it in just a few minutes. The nail grinder is pet-friendly and ideal for all breeds.


If you still don’t feel confident with nail trimming, you can insert a protective cover into the grinding bit that safeguards your pet’s claws from any injure. Furthermore, with LuckyTail you can change the grinder’s speed to match the particularities and sensitiveness of your pup’s claws.


For a better experience, the nail grinder is USB rechargeable, giving you the flexibility to use it anywhere and move it freely around your pup’s claws. You can also easily carry your LuckyTail in your bag on all adventures together with your pooch.

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