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Q: i ahve a chihuhawith long toe nails what can i do about it? can they be filed?

July 25, 2008 | By Ddalhoe | 3 answers | Expired: 2079 days ago

want to know how to take care of them and if i can file them

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Jessica H.
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Jul 26, 2008

A pet that never walks on hard surfaces may get injuries, yes, but my dogs run around in our cult-de-sac daily and have sustained no injuries at all.

Also, trimming slowly over months or years may work, but in more severe cases you will have to take the dog to the vet to have the quick cut. Severe cases would be if the nail has grown into the pad, posture issues, etc.

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Jessica H.
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Jul 25, 2008

If they are very long, I do not recommend cutting or filing on your own. Nails contain a "quick", which is a soft, "pulpy center" of the nail. If the nail is allowed to grow for awhile without being trimmed, the quick will grow with the nail, and the nail can not be clipped as short anymore. The only solution when the quick gets so long you can't trim the nails back to where they need to be is to have a vet clip the quick down to a normal length. I DO NOT recommend you do this on your own as it is painful for the animal, however in severe cases this is absolutely necessary as nails can often become so overgrown they will curve and start growing into the bottom of the pad or have a myriad of other problems including problems walking, etc.

A safe way to keep nails trimmed without having to actually trim them yourself is taking her for walks every day on a hard gravel or asphalt surface. That will naturally "wear" the nails down.

However, if they are extremely long, I do recommend visiting a vet and having them trim them, especially if the quick has grown too long, you do NOT want to deal with that yourself.

Good luck!

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Jul 25, 2008

if you just take the tip off every two to three weeks the quick will shrink and you will not have to put your dog through any pain. this can take months to correct. When i adopted my dog she had the same problem. i have had her for almost a year and i am still correcting it. it is a slow process but works. Only take a small part of the tip off. and if the quick is too long then file a little and wait for the quick to shrink. No offense to the last commenter but if you let your dog walk on hard sufaces without shoes it can harm the pads on the bottom of their foot. every once in a while is ok but the pads have a tendancy to crack (which i have experienced). A vet either will only trim the claw or hit the quick which as the last commenter said is painfull. the nail is sore for a few days (once again is first hand experience)

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