Clipping & Trimming Toenails
Toenail trimming helps to keep your pet’s nails tidy and infection-free.
You should trim your pets nails every 2 to 4 weeks, depending on how fast they grow & there level of exercise.
You can schedule a pet grooming service, or book a grooming service while your pet is boarding with us. Keep in mind that vaccinations are required for all services. Give your pet the grooming TLC that they need and deserve!
Clipping & Trimming Toenails
Your First Visit?
The first visit will allow us to get to know each other better, and check your pet's health and start preventive care to prevent against future illnesses.

You can ask our veterinarians any questions you may have about your pet!
During your pet's first visit, your veterinarian will do a head-to-tail exam and check your pets overall health.

We will also check your pet for fleas, ticks and other external parasites.
We will work with your pets’ unique needs to make the visit an enjoyable time at Florence Animal Hospital.
Schedule Appointment Call (843) 407-3747
We're looking forward to seeing you and your pet soon. If your visiting our clinic for the first time you can check-out our First Time Visitors Page.
Trimming Dog Nails
Trimming Dog Nails
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 very 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.

At Florence Animal Hospital we recommend 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.
Trimming Cat Nails
Trimming Cat Nails
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 typically we recommend 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 "Senior" 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.
Extra Pampering Available
toenail polish
Add toenail polish
for ultra pretty paws.
If you’re looking to give your pet the royal treatment, we’ve got you covered.
Pet Grooming by Florence Animal Hospital
Florence Animal Hospital offers the following individually salon services through our pet grooming experience.
Some studies show this percentage may actually be lower.
Florence Animal Hospital
2520 Melon St. Florence, SC 29501
Florence Animal Hospital
The right Veterinary for you
(843) 407-3747
FAH - Florence Animal Hospital
 Copyright 2019 - Florence Animal Hospital
Proud member of the FAHHAH Group and officially a part of the family of companies.
Florence Animal Hospital
2520 Melon St.
Florence, SC 29501

(843) 407-3747
Monday 7:30am - 5:30pm
Tuesday 7:30am - 5:30pm
Wednesday 8:00am - 12:00pm
Thursday 7:30am - 5:30pm
Friday 7:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Thanks for subscribing. Share your unique referral link to get points to win prizes..