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? In most cases, the size of your dog and his nails will dictate the size of the nail clipper to use. In addition, for each size of nail, there are more than one model or style 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. While squeezing the handle, a single sharp blade will close the opening and cut 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 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 main pro is that they’re very comfortable since they work pretty much like usual scissors do. They are often made in small sizes, so that makes them perfect for small-pawed dogs. 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 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 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 not that different from those made for humans, except they would be made of a much stronger material of course and a more comfortable 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 means nail filing is always a wise idea for the two sides.