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Trimming a Paw

Sunday, 1 March 2020 06:36 PM

Answered by Stuart Simons and taken from

Q: My short-haired dog has very hairy feet that seem to pick up all sorts of debris in the woods when we go out. I am wondering if I should try trimming the hair around her foot? If so, how should I do it? My dog doesn't need to go to a professional groomer so I'd rather not take her just to have her feet trimmed due to the expense and inconvenience.

A: I think we may have to agree to disagree on this one. In my own opinion, all dogs should be groomed professionally every now and again. Not only do we look after the skin and coat but we may well flag something up that you as an owner hadn’t noticed. Obviously, as Laymen we would never diagnose, but we can certainly draw your attention to something that is unusual for you to bring to the attention of your vet. A bath and brush and a foot trim wouldn't be very expensive and probably only needed every few months. I would say it's worth paying a professional to ensure that no accidents happen with the sharp scissors and thinners that you would need to use to keep this hair under control. To find your local professional groomer have a look in our 'search'.

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