Nail Trims and Anal Glands
At German Village Veterinary Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, we are happy to trim your cat’s or dog’s nails during their exam or you can schedule to bring them in solely for a nail trim. When trimming pet’s nails, the vets trim them back to the kwick. Some pet’s nails grow faster than others, so the time between nail trims will vary. For dogs who walk frequently on pavement, they may be able to go longer between trims as this helps file the nails down. Always pay attention to their dewclaws (nails on the leg) because they tend to grow faster due to not having contact with the ground. If they get too long, they can catch and break off, which will cause discomfort and bleeding. To the left is a diagram that shows how to trim nails. Click the image to enlarge it.
If you keep up with your pet’s nail trims, their kwicks will remain short, therefore resulting in shorter nails.
Anal Glands are scent glands located inside the anus of your pet. They are located at about the 4 o’clock and 8 o’clock position. Most dogs and cats can express these glands on their own when they have a bowel movement. However, some dogs and cats tend to have difficulty expressing them on their own and need to have them manually expressed. Small dogs tend to have more difficulty expressing the anal glands.
There are two ways anal glands are commonly expressed, internally and externally. We express anal glands internally because doing them externally may not get all of the material out.
How do I know if my pet needs their anal glands expressed?
Signs that may indicate full anal glands are scooting anus across the floor, chewing at base of tail or backend, or if you noticed a foul fishy type odor.