Why are toe nail trims important?
By: Luanna George, LVT, CCRP
Normal foot placement is heel to toe when reaching forward (protracted).
The weight shifts from decelerate phase (protracted) to an accelerated phase as the pet's center of mass is passing over the weight bearing limb.
When the toe nails are too long and touching the ground, a message is sent to the brain that triggers the pet's posture to think that it is walking up a hill or standing on a hill.
This compensation puts stresses on all of the joints and also puts extra load on the weight bearing surfaces of the hips, stifles and hocks as the muscles become trained that the long toe nail posture is the NEW and CORRECT way to be engaged.
The consequences of long toe nails:
Orthopedically, what do we see with long nails?