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Does Your Dog Need a ‘Pawdicure’? Pamper Your Pooch With Pet-Friendly Nail Polish

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It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the pet care industry is booming. USA Today recently reported that the average dog owner will spend over $1,200 on their dog annually. It was also noted that millennial pet owners will spend more money on their pets than their own health care costs over their lifetime. This means that people are spending lots of money on treats, toys, and even beauty treatments for their pampered pets. One of the beauty treatments that’s perennially popular is dog nail polish.

At-Home Mani/Pedis For Your Pets

Does Your Dog Need a ‘Pawdicure’? Pamper Your Pooch With Pet-Friendly Nail Polish

Photo: Facebook/Warren London Natural Dog Spa

Professional groomers have been painting dog’s claws with bright, colorful, and often seasonal shades of polish for decades, but now there is a growing movement toward at-home doggie manicures and pedicures. There are several manufacturers of special, pet-safe nail polish. Among them is a pen that delivers an even, mess-free, quick-drying coat of polish to your pet’s nails without leaving you to deal with a bottle and the mess of fur getting in the polish.

Is it Safe?

Does Your Dog Need a ‘Pawdicure’? Pamper Your Pooch With Pet-Friendly Nail Polish

Photo: Facebook/Doggie Styles Grooming & Pet Sitting

The key is to use only nail polish formulated for pets. Human nail polish has harmful chemicals and fumes that can make your pooch sick. Pet polishes are often water-based, as opposed to acetone-based, like human polishes. Experts also advise against using anything but nail polish remover specially formulated for use on pets, when it’s time to remove the polish—or let it wear off naturally.

What About Cats?

Does Your Dog Need a ‘Pawdicure’? Pamper Your Pooch With Pet-Friendly Nail Polish

Photo: Facebook/Soft Paw Nail Caps

Do you want to get your cats in on the colorful claw-action? Since cats have retractable claws, painting their nails isn’t a viable option, but you might want to consider colorful claw caps. These plastic claw sheaths are attached with adhesive to your cat’s claws and do not interfere with your cat’s ability to retract her claws. Also, these claw covers have proven to be beneficial in keeping kitty from clawing your furniture to bits. Your vet can apply the claw covers, or you can do an at-home kit, typically available in pet stores.