Time to trim your pet's nails?
How do you know if it's time to trim your dog or cat's nails?
"You know that your pet's nails are too long if you hear that rat-tat-tat on wood floors or tile floors," said Dr. Marty Becker, with Vetstreet.com.
Dr. Becker tells me that when a dog or cat's nails get too long, it's bad for the joints in their feet. It can also make them more likely to slip and hurt themselves.
Sometimes you need to go to a vet and get them trimmed way back, but in most cases, you can probably do it yourself if you are very careful.
"You want to make sure you trim them often and trim just a little bit at a time," Dr. Becker explained.
Some dogs and cats get really nervous when they go to get their nails clipped. Dr. Becker says talk to your vet and see about getting an anxiety medication like Trazadone or Xanax that you can give them 30 to 60 minutes before you leave the house.
"They won't remember going to the vet, so they don't fear the experience of what's happened in the past," he said.
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