There are various dog nail clippers you can find on the market today. 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. In addition, for each size of nail, there are more than one model or style 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. 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 working with thick nails much easier. The disadvantage is that the nail has to get through a hole, which somehow makes good visibility a bit of a problem, especially with dogs that have 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 main pro is that they’re very comfortable since they work pretty much like usual scissors do. They generally come in a small size and are great for dogs with 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 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. 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.