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Choosing the Right Nail Cutters for Your Dog

There are various dog nail clippers you can find on the market today. So how do you select the right one for your pet? 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. Narrow your search by first determining what size you need, and then what style is best for your hand and your dog’s attitude.

Guillotine

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. This design’s advantage is the ease of finding best angle for cutting, considering the blades run parallel to the bottom area. The design also makes it easier to cut 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.

Scissors

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 most important advantage is that they’re comfortable as they work just like normal 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 you have a big and thick-nailed dog – obviously, this isn’t going to work.

Pliers

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

Electric grinders are perfect for trained dogs that are used to a lot 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.

Nail Files

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 makes nail filing a brilliant idea for both sides.

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