Treatment Type: Lifestyle Practices
Rated for: Yorkshire Terrier
Posted Mar. 10, 2018
Nail care should be part of your regular routine. Overgrown nails can actually grow into the foot or the leg, are uncomfortable or even painful. They may break, crack or bleed.
There are lots of videos and guides online to help teach you how to trim nails. I recommend if you are starting out, to only take little slices off at a time until you can learn to gauge where the quick of the nail is. You do not want to accidentally nick it.
If you are not comfortable cutting your own dog's nails, some pet stores, grooming salons or your vet office will likely offer this service for a nominal cost. Nails should be cut at least every 3-4 weeks on a regular schedule, more often if you are trying to get the quicks to recede.
If the nails have been left too long, it is possible for the quicks to grow right to the end of the nail, causing it to bleed every time the nail is cut. I recommend a groomer or vet help you with this problem and more regular trims every 10-14 days.