Choosing the Right Nail Cutters for Your Dog
There are various dog nail clippers you can find on the market today. So how are you to choose the perfect one for your dog? In most cases, the size of your dog and his nails will dictate the size of the nail clipper 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 you insert the dog's nail. Upon squeezing the handle, a single sharp blade will close this opening and cuts 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 works great for thick nails. The disadvantage is the nail having to get through a hole, hence making visibility a bit of an issue, especially for small-pawed or long-haired dogs.
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 your dog is huge and has strong nails - 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 perfect for trained dogs that are used to a lot 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. Whatever nail clipping method you use, your dog's nails will still end up with sharp edges, and that won't only be bad for your stocking but for your bare skin too. That makes nail filing a brilliant idea for both sides.