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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 are you to choose the perfect one for your dog? 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. 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

Guillotine dog nail clippers have an opening where your dog’s nail should be inserted. While squeezing the handle, a single sharp blade will close the opening and cut 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 working with thick nails much easier. 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 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 most important advantage is that they’re comfortable as they work just like normal scissors do. They are commonly made in a small size, which makes them great for small paws. 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 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 just right for trained dogs that are accustomed to lots of paw handling. Still, remember that the pet may only tolerate the vibration of the machine is he is completely comfortable with the handler.

Nail Files

Lastly, nail files for dogs are no different from their human counterparts, except that the materials they’re made of are of course stronger and 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 makes nail filing a brilliant idea for both sides.