06-2013 June

jun13aPet of the Month

Congratulations to Mini Patch, our 11 years young, July pet of the month.  To learn more about Mini Patch visit our website at www.lmah.net

Ask Dr. Debbie

Q: I took my Mastiff, Midas, to the vet’s office recently for a check-up and a nail trim. The vet said that he got the nails trimmed but said that Midas behaved badly. Midas didn’t bite them, but he didn’t like his feet messed with, and the doctor suggested a sedative in the future.

I’ve trimmed Midas’s nails when he was a puppy and he wiggled some, but I never had a problem. He’s just too big for me to trim now to do. I don’t like the idea of giving my dog drugs for a nail trim-why can’t they just hold him still and cut his nails quickly?

A: Not all dogs tolerate nail trimming easily. While some fearful dogs react aggressively with biting, others opt for evasive maneuvers. Dogs with a “foot shy” tendency may try to resist all attempts to trim nails, may pull the foot back repeatedly during a nail trim, and inherently have a greater risk of accidentally cutting the nail too short. Dog nails have a blood vessel and nerve running through the center. That’s where accuracy and a willing pet count- cut the nail too high up and the blood vessel and nerve are severed, causing pain and bleeding. Plus Midas isn’t a mere three pound Chihuahua – and his giant breed size means he could injure himself or the veterinary staff if his nail trim hesitation goes into full tilt.

Sedation isn’t advised for most nail trim visits, but if the pet risks injury to himself or to the veterinary staff, then sedatives may be warranted. Ask yourself what you’d rather happen… your dog to be drowsy and go home with a good nail trim experience… or for Midas to become increasingly anxious over future nail trims and possibly having a nail quicked back too short. Glad to hear your veterinarian is concerned about Midas’ wellbeing and not wanting to cause distress or pain to him.

To prevent a foot shy canine, teach new puppies to tolerate nail trimming during puppyhood, preferably done by a groomer or at a veterinary office. Handle your puppy’s feet and nails at home and reward with treats and affection when your pup calmly allows foot handling. These early exposures go a long way to a lifetime of easy puppy pedicures!

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