Nail Trims

Nail trims now available at select clinics

Do you hear your dog tap dancing on the floor?
Is your cat leaving scratch marks on your furniture?
We are pleased to announce that you can now get nail trims for your pets at select clinics in your area!
The cost of service is $20 per pet.


Why is nail trimming important for dogs?

• Long nails can be painful for your dog when they strike the pavement with each step. When nails are so long that they constantly touch the ground, they exert a force back into the nail bed, creating pain for the dog. For us, it would be like wearing too-tight shoes! This is especially important in older dogs, whose posture can be dramatically improved by cutting back neglected nails.

• The longer the nails, the more likely they will hang up on things and be torn off or split, which is very painful for your pet.

• Untrimmed nails can curl and grow into your dog’s skin or paw pads, which is not only very painful, but potentially dangerous. Nails that grow into a dog’s skin can become infected, and may require a visit to a full-service veterinarian to have them surgically removed.

How often should my dog’s nails be trimmed or cut?

The short answer is, it depends on your dog’s lifestyle. Does your dog stay mostly indoors touching carpet, versus outdoors on grass and dirt? Does your dog go for frequent walks on concrete? Also, your dog’s nutrition can have an impact on the health and growth rate of your dog’s nails.

VIP Petcare recommends trimming your dog’s nails, as often as it takes to prevent their nails from touching the ground when they’re standing, which is typically every 4 weeks or so.

NOTE: Proof of Rabies vaccination is required.

Why is nail trimming important for cats?

Clipping your cat’s nail tips can prevent painfully broken claws that can result when a sharp tip gets caught in the carpet, for example. If your cat is an indoor cat, the tips can get very sharp, and when overgrown they can curl back into the flesh or the pad of their foot. In addition to that, it will save your skin and clothes from being damaged or injured by your cat’s uncomfortably sharp nails.

How often should my cat’s nails be trimmed or cut?

Much like dogs, the answer to this question depends on your cat’s lifestyle, but VIP Petcare typically recommends trimming your cat’s nails every 4 weeks. If your cat lives indoors and has a fairly comfortable lifestyle, you may need to trim their nails more frequently. If your cat spends most of their time outdoors, climbing trees, etc., their nails may need to be trimmed less frequently.

Indoor cats
Inside cats may enjoy using a scratching post (or your furniture!). However, they do not scratch trees, etc. to shed their nails so their claws may become overgrown. 
Because a cat’s claws are retractable, they are protected when the cat walks and will become very sharp unless they are trimmed regularly.

Arthritic cats
Due to their lower activity, cats with arthritis don’t usually exercise enough, and as a result, their claws may require trimming.

Geriatric cats
The claws of aging felines are often overgrown, thick and brittle and will need to be clipped more often.

Cats with hairy paws will need regular checking as it is difficult to see the length of the nails.