11 year old dog recently adopted has very long nails

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Here is my question: I got a 11 yr old corgy from the animal shelter. His owner had died and relatives did not want him. My problem is his nails are very long. I take him to my vet as needed for shots and such. I asked them if they trimmed nails and they went and got the clippers and started at them. One of the nails bleed and it took quite a while to get it stopped. They only clipped 3 nails and did not do the rest. I am now worried about asking them to clip them. What is the best thing to do so he can have regular nails? His dew claws are in a circle now, and the other are very long and you can see the underneath is grow farther that it should be. Any advise would be appreciated. Thanks for you time.

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Asked on September 17, 2015 2:11 pm


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Once a dog’s nails grow this long the only way you are going to humanely get them back to the proper length is to have the animal heavily sedated and use pain medication so they can be clipped back into the quick. To do otherwise would be cruel. Once they are the proper length they can be regularly clipped without pain to prevent this type of problem from developing again.

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Posted by Dr. Gaylord Brown
Answered on September 17, 2015 2:12 pm