I posted this on the general dog board; thought I'd copy it to here also Hi all, I am probably preaching to the choir here.... But it's the time of year for groomers when lots of once-a-year customers show up. I'm seeing a lot of dogs whose feet have been poorly attended--- toenails so long they are curled under and are being walked on; in some cases dew claw nails curling right around and even growing back into the leg. Another common problem is that on some of the longer-haired dogs, the hair in between the foot pads is very matted... I've seen some cherry-tomato sized mats growing under there that need to be clipped..... think of what it would feel like to walk with a large, hard marble under your foot. The longer that the toenails are allowed to grow out, the longer the 'quick', or vein may grow also.... and once the quick gets long, it prevents the clipping of the nail back beyond that point (without drawing blood, that is). I like to see nails clipped at least every two months, but some dogs' nails grow very quickly and should even be done monthly. If you can't or don't like to do your dogs' nails at home, most groomers (and vets) charge a fairly small fee for 'just nails'- they'll do them while you wait.... This foot problems are probably more common than you would think... many people pet and play with their dogs regularly, but don't think to examine those feet. If your dog has those mats underneath, please be very cautious if you're thinking of trying to get them out with scissors... it can be difficult to do and in many cases it's safer to have them shaved out. Anyway, just thought I throw this out there... toenails are hidden on some dogs so they're not always noticed... and please check those pads.