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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 should you choose the right one for your beloved dog? 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

Guillotine dog nail clippers have an opening where your dog’s nail should be inserted. Upon squeezing the handle, a single sharp blade will close this opening and cuts 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 it easier to cut thick nails. 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.

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 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. Since these dog nail clippers are small, they don’t look frightening, and that helps your pet remain calm as you cut 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 need to remember that the pet may only tolerate the machine’s vibration if he trusts his 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. 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 means nail filing is always a wise idea for the two sides.