The care of the Beagle: fingernails
Why is it better to take care of the nails of your beagle regularly? Although it may seem like an unimportant part of the body, actually checking the status of his/her nails is critical to the health of the dog.
If nails are too long, in fact, it makes the uncomfortable and painful gait with the risk of ruining his/her fingers and the pads of the paws, causing infections by simply walking.
If your dog roams blissfully every day everywhere, including for example the gravel of the courtyard, the cement of a sidewalk or the pavement of a road, you should not have significant problems with his/her fingernails.
There is usually sufficient friction on the ground when the dog walks or runs, to keep her/his nails the correct length.
In this case, the only things to be checked regularly for their integrity and duration are the “spur” nails. Ones, if you do not want, you can make us shorten the vet during follow-up visits (the spur is the fifth finger of a leg, the one that does not touch the ground, also provided with nails).
If your beagle does not walk enough or always does on soft surfaces such as the ground of a meadow, it is even more important to look to adjust his/her fingernails.
However, what is the right length for the nails of your beagle?
Beyond that indicates the standard, their right length you can see when the dog is standing, quiet on all four legs: in this position, the nails should just touch the floor.
If they are too long, you can cut them at the vet, a dog groomer, or yourself. But do this only if you are not agitated, and it doesn’t take too much aggression.
For the operation, you need a nail clipper for the right size dogs (there are models “scissor” or “guillotine,” are fine both).
The nails are formed from a hard part, what you see in their tip, and that can consume in contact with the ground, and second of an inner fleshy and rich in blood vessels and nerve endings which is called “nail” pulp.
If the dog has clear nails, with enough light you can be able to see the difference between the two parties. If your dog has dark nails, it is more complicated.
Therefore, during the cutting operation, you must be careful only to shorten the hard part without touching the inside. Otherwise, this will cause pain and possibly bleeding beneath the nail.
For this, also, you take the hemostatic powder to buffer the possible loss of blood and the disinfectant if you accidentally meet the living part.
It is also normal that the dog will shake a little ‘when you have to cut his/her nails: the tips of the legs, especially the front ones, are among his/her most sensitive parts. So you may feel uncomfortable if you touch them to him with his/her hands, even more so if it is done by a stranger.
Therefore, it is better not to rush. If we decide to cut our nails, when the dog is at ease let’s sit down and, taking one foot with your hand, cut the first nail introduced gradually, and being careful not to cut too deeply.
If you accidentally cut too much and it leaves a little blood, do not panic!
Disinfect the cut immediately end ruined and dampen a cotton swab, you dip it in hemostatic powder and press hard on the cut side for about ten seconds.
You repeat the cutting operation for all nails (controlling the Spurs, while you are at it), and you are done.
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