Just when I think Oscar cannot get to be more of a PITA, he starts biting his nails. They aren’t terribly long. If I had him at the vet for something else, I’d get them trimmed but they’re not to the point where I’d take him just for a nail trim. I’ve been doing pretty good keeping them filed down by walking slowly across the concrete patio. He wants to run so he’s trying to pull me and that keeps his nails at a decent length. The back ones stay much shorter than the front ones, which is good because the front ones are easier to cut. I hate having to give him meds to take him to the vet but I think that’s just how it’s going to be with him.
A few days ago I found two pretty good size pieces of his nails on the ottoman. I couldn’t figure it out so I looked at his feet and saw that two nails had been “cut”. Yesterday I heard him chomping and he bit off another one. This morning, he did the same thing. One was rough this morning so I got an emery board and about 15 minutes later, I had it filed down and smooth.
Have you ever had a dog that bites his nails? I haven’t.
This morning I was able to file down the rough nail and file a good bit off another nail. At that point, he was done. I was afraid he was going to get hurt or I was going to get bit so I stopped but I’m thinking if I get some of those rougher emery boards, the job will go faster and maybe I can do one or two nails per day.
He was happy to sit fairly still so long as I was using one end of the emery board and he was chewing on the other end.
I did call the vet and talked to the tech and she said some dogs just do it. So long as he’s not chewing on his paws or causing any bleeding or soreness, don’t worry about it. She said if I’ve just seen him do it a few times and it’s not constant or causing problems . . just leave him alone.