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Old 03-04-2011, 06:55 PM
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Fast Growing Nails Won't Recede

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.
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Old 03-04-2011, 07:30 PM
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In case I wasn't clear, I meant that his "quicks" won't recede.
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Are you cutting them/grinding them until they bleed? If not, that's probably why they're not receding. I don't really recommend doing that unless he's sedated, however, since it is obviously painful. It would have been great if the vet had cut and cauterized his nails while he was sedated for his dental cleaning... that probably would have helped. We did that with dogs that were pains for nail trims-- the owners requested it-- and it worked well for about 6 months. And if they're having another procedure done like a dental, they'll be on pain meds anyway for a few days, so you'll cover the toes as well.

We did also have dogs that would just come in solely to have the nails cut and cauterized under sedation. I don't know if I believe it's worth it though, both financially for you and medically for him.

And if you ARE making them bleed each time you are cutting, then I'm sorry but my post is not helpful at all...
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Lighter dogs tend to have nails that don't file themselves down. I cut my chi's nails weekly too so I feel your frustration. May I ask why you want the quick to recede?
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Hey I'm the same. Indis nails
Are really long but I can't cut any more
Off.
I let them get too long before cutting initially because I don't realize
That the quick kept growing. I was thinking of getting them done when I get her desexed...so
That's recommended?
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I think its better to do it while they are under yes, but you'd have to keep up on trimming the nails regularly
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I did a little research on the internet and found a few forums saying that others have to cut or grind their dog's nails every other day for the quick to recede. I thought twice a week was a lot, apparently others are more Gung Ho than I am.

As far as cutting his nails today while he was under ... I made an assumption when the vet said they'd cut his nails for free with the teeth cleaning. I thought they were going to do it under sedation. Apparently, I was wrong.

Pawzaddict - My reason for doing it because they are little too long. I hate to admit this, but he sits on my lap in the car and when they are freshly cut, they are rounded. There is no tapping noise when he walks. Within two days, I hear his nails tapping on the concrete and then it hurts on my lap.

I've looked up "proper" nail length (probably for show dogs, which my dog is NOT) and his are a little longer. "Beyond the curve," if that makes sense.

Holly - I don't cut his nails back until they bleed. However, he is a Black & Tan Miniature Pain-in-the-@$$ ... Whoops! I mean ... Pinscher, so his nails are black. Every so often, I get a little too close. For the most part, I've honed my grinding skills so that I'm able to do it without making them bleed.

I was under the impression that if you get close to the quick, without making them bleed, they would still recede. I'm probably wrong again.

I'm going to try trim/grind them every other day and see if that does the trick. Maybe I'll give an update to this in a few weeks.
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Yep, from my understanding you need to hit the quick to get it to receed. Same is true in reptiles and birds. Annoying aint it?
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Yep, from my understanding you need to hit the quick to get it to receed. Same is true in reptiles and birds. Annoying aint it?
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Yep, that is my understanding as well. It's unfortunate, but I think there are rare cases where this is what needs to be done. Quik Stop (styptic powder) or Styptic Gel usually stops the bleeding in less than a minute. Then the quick will recede.

The Gel does stain clothing so beware if you're in your "Sunday-go to town Meetin' Dress"
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The Gel does stain clothing so beware if you're in your "Sunday-go to town Meetin' Dress"
And the powder sometimes stains your fingers if it's mixed with blood
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