7 Pet Care Tips From “Hot” Veterinarian Dr. Evan Antin
Trim your nails regularly
This may be one of the most obvious pet care tips, but many pet owners forget about it. Most dogs need to have their nails trimmed every one to two months, but some more frequently depending on how often they are outside and exercising where their nails are naturally worn out.
According to the ASPCA, a good rule of thumb is to trim your dog’s nails if they are almost touching the ground while walking. If your nails hit the floor as you walk, it’s definitely time for a cut.
Dr. Antin recommends trimming some pets as often as every one to two weeks. “I cut my cats’ nails pretty often just because I don’t like them scratching my furniture,” he says. “And they don’t need long, sharp claws and nails because they are captive and live inside.” He does not recommend allowing cats outside “to ensure their safety and the safety of other wildlife”.
If you can’t get your pets to work together, use positive reinforcement. “Give them a reward for tolerating or doing desirable behavior,” says Dr. Antin. For his dog Henry, this means keeping a plate of goodies nearby or giving him a small dab of peanut butter. Over time, you will feel more and more comfortable with cutting your nails.
When trimming your pet’s nails yourself, be careful (here’s a guide) and be careful not to cut them too short or you run the risk of rushing or cutting the nerves and blood vessels, they run down the nail. If you are concerned that you could accidentally cut quickly, get your pet’s nails trimmed by a professional dog groomer or veterinarian.