Choosing the Best Nail Cutters for Your Dog
There’s a lot of dog nail clippers you can find on the market nowadays. So how do you select the right one for your pet? Generally, your dog’s size and that of his nails will determine what nail trimmer size to use. As well, for each size of nail, there can be a lot of styles or models of cutters to pick from. Limit your search by first knowing what size is right for you, and then what style is suitable for your hand and your dog’s behavior.
Guillotine dog nail clippers have an opening where you are to insert the dog’s nail. As you squeeze the handle, a sharp blade will close the opening and trim the nail. The main advantage of this design is that it’s easy to find the right cutting angle, with the blades running parallel to the bottom section. The design also makes it easier to cut thick nails. The disadvantage is that the nail must go through a hole, which in a way makes it harder to achieve good visibility, especially if your dog has small paws or long hair.
Scissor-shaped dog nail clippers look like any pair of regular scissors, save for a semicircle-shaped opening on the blade where the nail goes. The key advantage is their comfort since they work pretty much like any typical pair of scissors do. They are commonly made in a small size, which makes them great for small paws. Because these dog nail clippers are rather tiny, they don’t look too intimidating and that helps your pet stay calm while you trim his nails. The problem is if you have a large dog with very thick nails – this won’t work obviously.
These dog nail clippers are many dog owners’ favorites because they are easy to use, available in different sizes, and most of all, they have a safety feature that prevents cutting the nail too short.
Electric grinders are suitable for dogs that have been trained from a young age and are thus more tolerant of their paws getting a lot of handling. Still, you need to remember that the pet may only tolerate the machine’s vibration if he trusts his handler.
Finally, nail files for dogs are are more or less the same as those for humans, except they are made of much stronger materials and have a more comfy handle. No matter how you cut your dog’s nails, you will always end up with sharp edges, which isn’t only bad for your stockings but also for your skin. That makes nail filing a brilliant idea for both sides.