How do dogs in the wild keep their nails short???

Posted on November 16th, 2010 in short nails by admin

What do wild dogs do? Or wolves to keep their nails short and not curled?
What are the dangers of dogs having long nails??

Wild canines run many miles over hard terrain every day. They also scratch and dig. Large domestic dogs that spend a lot of time outdoors tend to keep their nails worn down in the same way. Dogs with very long nails typically are not being walked enough.

The problems with dogs nails being too long is that they’ll actually put pressure on the bones and tendons in the dog’s foot and cause it to become deformed- dogs that aren’t well cared for end up with "duck feet" where all the toes are splayed out and gnarled from trying to compensate for the long nails. Nails can also curl back around and grow into the dog’s foot causing a painful puncture wound. If the dog is constantly limping on painful feet, the rest of his body- legs, hips, back, etc. – has to realign to account for that, and eventually bad nails can contribute to bad hips and bad backs as well. It’s very important to keep your dog’s nails as short as possible at all times.

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  1. Jessayy eskimo dogs do it better said,

    on November 16th, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    well a danger could be a dog attacking youi with its long nails. wild dogs dont usually worry about their long nail the use them for huntin, protection, etc. and if they wanted their nails short they could bite them

    if you have a dog with long nails try cliping them or filing them just dont clip the red part of their nail because it will cause them to bleed
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  2. Nataly L said,

    on November 16th, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    All the running and activity they do outside keeps their nails short.

    That is why usually outside dogs have shorter nails but you have to clip inside dogs’ nails more.

    I have seen dog nails curled under and it was very painful for the dog to walk. It was very sad.

    If the nail grows out the quick gets longer so the nail progressively gets longer and harder to cut.

    =) interesting question
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  3. bassetnut said,

    on November 16th, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    Wild dogs are on the go on hard surfaces all day.

    Long nails can cause food deformity and pain. I’ve even seen them grow right around and back into the pad of the toe.

    Can you imagine trying to walk on these?
    http://dogcarebasics.com/images/nails2.jpg

    Or even these?
    http://www.sheltienation.com/photos/uncategorized/2007/05/11/badfeet2.jpg
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  4. Ally said,

    on November 16th, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    Wild dogs keep their nails short because they walk on different surfaces, such as hard packed dirt and rock.
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  5. Dreamer said,

    on November 16th, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    Wild canines run many miles over hard terrain every day. They also scratch and dig. Large domestic dogs that spend a lot of time outdoors tend to keep their nails worn down in the same way. Dogs with very long nails typically are not being walked enough.

    The problems with dogs nails being too long is that they’ll actually put pressure on the bones and tendons in the dog’s foot and cause it to become deformed- dogs that aren’t well cared for end up with "duck feet" where all the toes are splayed out and gnarled from trying to compensate for the long nails. Nails can also curl back around and grow into the dog’s foot causing a painful puncture wound. If the dog is constantly limping on painful feet, the rest of his body- legs, hips, back, etc. – has to realign to account for that, and eventually bad nails can contribute to bad hips and bad backs as well. It’s very important to keep your dog’s nails as short as possible at all times.
    References :

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