Does anyone have any suggestions for getting a dog's nails to recede?
My dog is 6 years old. I cut (actually, grind) his nails roughly twice per week. From what I've read on the internet, that's pretty excessive. I know people that only cut their dog's nails once every 4 to 6 weeks. I'm not so concerned about how often I cut them, I just can't get them to recede.
I've also read that a high protein diet can make a dog's nails grow fast and strong. I've fed him a high protein food since he was a puppy (Timberwolf Organics). I grind the nails as far back as possible, then two days later I hear them clicking on the floor.
I took him to get his teeth cleaned today and I see that the vet tried to cut two of his nails to the "proper length" and they stopped because they obviously cut the quick. I wish I had noticed this when I picked him up or I would've asked them.
By the way, his nails are so strong that his long, daily walks (usually more than an hour) on concrete do nothing but damage the concrete. ;-)
I'm assuming the fact that he only weighs 15 pounds might have something do with that too. He may not have enough pressure for them to grind themselves naturally.
Any suggestions would be helpful.