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How to Pick the Best Nail Cutters for Your Dog

There’s a lot of dog nail clippers you can find on the market nowadays. So how are you to choose the perfect one for your dog? 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. 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

Guillotine dog nail clippers have an opening where you are to insert the dog’s nail. Upon squeezing the handle, a single sharp blade will close this opening and cuts 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 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 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 large dog with very thick nails – this won’t work obviously.

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, 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 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. 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’s why filing the nails is always a good idea for both sides.