Trimming your pet’s nails is not only to protect the furniture or floors in your home. It actually keeps them healthy and comfortable.
Why It's Important
Cats, dogs, and even bunnies need to get their nails trimmed regularly. While this may seem like a small detail, it's an essential part of caring for your pet. Long nails can cause pain and discomfort. In cats, for instance, they can grow so long as to puncture the paw pads. Painful and dangerous, as it can cause an infection. Cats go into the litter box with their little feet!
If the nails don't get trimmed for too long, the overgrown nails could cause long-term problems, which may require more expensive vet visits, even an emergency trip to the vet. Case in point: Muffin the Cat, who Phinney’s recently helped get emergency vet care because her nails had become ingrown. Click here to read Muffin’s story.
If you feel uneasy about trimming your pet’s nails, you can always contact your vet for help. Vets will charge for this service, but typically it is not much money. Your vet can even help you become more comfortable doing this at home, preventing the need to take a trip to the vet every time your pet needs its nails trimmed.
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Visit our Care Corner web page for more information on the importance of trimming your pets nails and for some information on needed supplies.
What You Can Do To Help
Keeping your pet safe and healthy is important and can reduce emergency vet visits, which can be costly. Phinney’s believes in keeping people and their beloved pets together. We do this by extending a helping hand to pet parents in need when these emergency vet visits become too costly for some to afford. Ways you can help include donating to Phinney’s or volunteering. And, anyone in need of help in caring for their pets can visit our Get Help page for more information.