Happy tails for Mar/Apr

How often should my dog’s toenails be trimmed?

This can depend upon your dog and the exercise they receive. Certain breeds are gentler in their movement and often do not file their nails when walking. Equally if a dog were to exercise primarily on grassy areas, they will not file at all. It’s important to check to ensure that the nails are not too long or twisting, altering the foot composition. Pay close attention to the dew claws as they have no contact with the ground. I’d advise against trimming them yourselves at home. Most groomers will trim nails by appointment and for a small fee. Dogs that do not attend regular grooming appointments should have their nails checked approximately every 8-10 weeks.

How frequently should my dog’s ears be cleaned?

Some dogs really suffer with their ears. This can be due to too much hair in the ear canal, excess wax production or an infection. Equally some foods can also affect the ear canal. If there is a bad odour, it’s always best to seek advice veterinary surgeon, in case of infection. If your dog is a spaniel type breed with full ears, you may find that the smell is from the earlobe and not from the inner ear. This can be managed topically by yourselves or with a professional grooming appointment.

Amy Stewart of Happy Tails Dog Spa has a BSc in Animal Behaviour and is a certified pet health counsellor.

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