VCA Veterinary Hospital of Leon Springs

San Antonio Nail Trimming

Nail Trims are not only for aesthetic purposes, but are also important for your pet’s health!

Our trained kennel staff offers nail trimming services. Nail trims are always included with our baths, but we offer trims as a standalone service as well!

Nails which are left untrimmed, and become overgrown can cause a number of problems. Longer nails are more prone to breakage, which can result in excessive bleeding. Broken nails can be painful and costly, and run the risk of becoming infected. If left unattended, they can become snagged in furniture or clothing, and can be torn loose from the toe. Another danger of leaving nails unattended is the possibility of the nails becoming curled, and growing into the paw pad itself. When this happens, it becomes difficult and painful for the pet to walk.

So how do I know when my pet’s nails are too long?

A good way to tell if it is time for your pet to get their nails trimmed is to listen when they walk. If you hear the nails clacking against the tile or sidewalk, or hear them getting caught on the carpeting, it is time to schedule a nail trim! If you see your pet biting at their feet or pulling on their nails, this could also be a sign that it is time to get the nails trimmed.

If you would like to learn how to trim your pet’s nails yourself, just ask one of our technicians! We would be more than happy to help give you tips and pointers.

Did you know that we also offer nail trims for cats?

Cat and kitten claws can be sharp! If you have a mischievous kitty who gets feisty when he or she is playing, and are considering having them de-clawed, we invite you to discuss our nail trimming services as a possible alternative solution! Keeping your cat’s nails trimmed is a great way to alleviate the unpleasantness and damage which can result from cat scratching. Time between nail trims varies from cat to cat, but typically, it is recommended that the nails be trimmed every six to eight weeks.

Come in and meet with one of our veterinarians or technicians today to discuss incorporating nail trims into your pet’s health routine!


Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of an emergency during normal business hours (M-F 7:30am - 7:00pm) please call us at 210-698-1043.


Should you have an after-hours emergency, please contact either of these pet emergency hospitals:


Mission Pet Emergency -

Located at: 8202 N Loop 1604 West, San Antonio Texas, 78249

Phone: 210-691-0900


Emergency Pet Center -

Located at: 503 E. Sonterra Blvd., San Antonio Texas, 78258

Phone: 210-404-2873


If you feel that your pet has potentially ingested a toxin, please contact either one of the above listed pet emergency centers, or the pet poison helpline. 

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For a list of current pet food recall alerts, please visit the American Veterinary Medical Association's website at