Choosing the Right Nail Cutters for Your Dog
There’s a lot of dog nail clippers you can find on the market nowadays. So how should you choose the right one for your beloved dog? In general, the size of your dog and his nails will be the basis for choosing the 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. To limit your search, first determine the size you need, and then decide on a style best fits both your hand and your dog’s disposition.
Guillotine dog nail clippers have an opening where your dog’s nail should be inserted. While squeezing the handle, a single sharp blade will close the opening and cut the nail. The advantage of this design is the ease in finding the right angle to cut since the blades are parallel to the bottom part. 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 a tiny pair of typical scissors where the nail goes into a semicircle-shaped opening on the blade. The most important advantage is that they’re comfortable as they work just like normal scissors do. They are commonly made in a small size, which makes them great for small paws. Since these dog nail clippers are small, they don’t look frightening, and that helps your pet remain calm as you cut his nails. The problem is if you have a big and thick-nailed dog – obviously, this isn’t going to work.
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 just right for trained dogs that are accustomed to lots of paw 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. Regardless of the method you use, your dog will end up with sharp-edged nails, and that’s not only bad for your new stockings but even worse for your skin. That makes nail filing a brilliant idea for both sides.