Nail trimming is an important part of your cat or dog’s grooming routine. This is a great time to assess the health of their skin and nails and become aware of any new lumps or injuries. Though it can be tempting to attempt nail trimming at home, entrusting our team with your dog or cat’s grooming ensures they’re not harmed in the process.

Why shouldn’t I trim my dog or cat’s nails at home?

Depending on your dog or cat’s comfortable level with getting their nails trimmed, this could be an uncomfortable experience for them. It can be overwhelming dealing with a fearful or whining dog or cat. Our veterinary team is well equipped to trim your dog or cat’s nails quickly, making the process as pain-free as possible. Nail trimming is essential for their comfort as well as to avoid scratches on furniture or difficulty walking.

How often should I cut my dog’s nails?

We recommend trimming your dog’s nails every 4 to 6 weeks. Regular nail trimming helps to keep the quick (the blood supply to the nail) short, which prevents the nails from becoming overgrown. Some dogs or cats will naturally wear their nails down and don’t need trimming as frequently. If left too long, nails can grow into their paw pads, which can be painful and become infected. To schedule a nail trimming/grooming appointment, please contact us at 306-373-3500.

How often should my dog/cat’s ears be cleaned?

This varies based on the anatomy of your cat/dog’s ears and their lifestyle. For example, for most dogs, once every two weeks is adequate. Dogs who have heavy, floppy ears, swim regularly or those prone to allergies or ear infections will need their ears cleaned more frequently. It is important to use an ear cleaner specifically for dogs/cats. We can assist you with cleaning their ears and can also show you how to do so at home. Proper ear hygiene can help to prevent ear infections.