How to Pick the Best Nail Cutters for Your Dog
There are several kinds of dog nail clippers on the market these days. 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. Also,for every size of nail, there are many styles or model of cutters to select 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. As you squeeze the handle, a sharp blade will close the opening and trim 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 similar to a small pair of ordinary scissors, but they have a semicircle-shaped opening on the blade where you’re supposed to position the nail. The key advantage is their comfort since they work pretty much like any typical pair of scissors do. They are often made in small sizes, so that makes them perfect for small-pawed dogs. Because these dog nail clippers are small, they don’t look too scary and that helps keep your pet calm while you clip 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 dog owners’ usual favorite, being very easy to use, available in may different sizes, and most of all, equipped with a safety feature that keeps the nails from being cut too short.
Electric grinders are just right for trained dogs that are accustomed to lots of paw handling. Still, you have to take note that the pet will usually tolerate the grinder’s vibration only if he trusts the 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 means nail filing is always a wise idea for the two sides.