When nails are long, a dog will flatten the front foot in order to decrease discomfort or pain from nails pushing back into the toes. As the foot flattens, the leg changes position angling back. This angle is similar to how a dog will structure its foot while going up hill. This can change the message to the brain which in turn can effect the dogs balance and traction increasing the risk of injury.
The feet are the foundation of your dog. The nails effect the feet which then effects the bone and joints, which then effects the elbow...shoulder...spine and eventually overall health. Ideally nails should be done weekly for maintenance or biweekly if you wish to push back a quick (blood line) that's become too long. This time frame can vary depending on your dog's activity level, genetics and health. If you hear your dog's nails clicking on the ground you have waited to long
Bianca is the owner and groomer at Funky Fur dog grooming and always looking for ways to help you care for your pet.