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Hi, Nikey is 10 weeks old. When we got it from the breeder, she suggested that we trim the hairs under his paws so he wouldn't slip on the wooden floors. However, the vet suggested not doing that as the hair prevents little rocks and debris to get between his toes and nails. However, the vet also indicated that we avoid having Nikey on slippery surfaces to prevent his slipping to develop crooked legs (or at least that's what I understood). That leaves me with a dilemma, because we have no carpets or rugs at home, and I still don't know if it would be good to trim the hair under his paws.

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Well, I, for one, think it would be a lots slipperier with the hair under his paws than without it. I've had dogs for over 30 years and ALWAYS trimmed the hair between the pads.
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Just did Oreo's this past weekend. I have to trim them every 3 weeks so far. It's funny, yet concerning, that when he does his RLH on our wood floors, he slips and his but slides one way while his head is going the other.

After it's trimmed, he has WAY better grip on the floor.

Everytime Oreo leaves the house and comes back, we wipe his feet with wet wipes/cloth before he can run around the house.

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I don't know about trimming the hair BETWEEN the paw pads ... as I understand it you just trim the hair growing out and covering up the pads, at least that's what I've done for the past year and a 1/2...

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I don't know about trimming the hair BETWEEN the paw pads ... as I understand it you just trim the hair growing out and covering up the pads, at least that's what I've done for the past year and a 1/2...
I trim in between the paws too. I have to becareful though cause it sems like Oreo has webbed feet hahaha. Have to becarefulnot to cut into the webbed skin part. I did that the first time and it bled a little.

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interesting. I have never thought to trim in between the paw pads... I wonder what other do? maybe if we had high weeds, or lots of burrs around I would do that, otherwise I don't really see the need to trim that much...? but maybe that's just me being lazy! LOL

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I just trim off the hair covering the paw pads. I would think that taking off too much hair between pads would make it more tender if your pup stepped on something (sticker) hurt.



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Roki grew up on wooden floors and has perfectly straight feet. We have only one medium sized rug in living room. I trim fur on his paws at least once a month. He will definitely have better grip on the floor without fur. All kinds of stuff can stick to paw fur like burrs, chewing gum (awfull), small twigs and dried leaves, pieces of fine wire (I found that in Roki's paw ten days ago)... Result is irritation, even infection.
So I do routine pawdicure - trim hair around each finger and big pad, trim between fingers, clip nails, and massage paw pads and skin between pads with paw protection balm ( I put it at least two times during the week, especially in the winter). Little piggie really enjoys paw massage. Who wouldn't?
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I have had Rosie to the groomer a total of 3 times. She made her feet look like poodle feet. I have trimmed the hair around her foot that acts like a dust mop and brings in all the stuff from outside. Don't trim between the paw pads. My thinking is that if God had meant for her paw pads to be hairless he would have made her a chihuahua--course I may be lazy also.
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Can anyone recommend a brand/model of a small clipper that would be good for trimming the paw pads? Thank you!

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