Properly trimmed nails are an important part of dog grooming that is often overlooked.
Since a lot of dog owners do not know how to trim their dog’s nails or do not own a pair of dog nail trimmers, this task can often be forgotten about until the nails are so long that they scratch, start to curl under or even break off.
Not only is this uncomfortable to people, it can be extremely painful for the dog as well.
Owning a pair of high-quality dog nail clippers and learning how to correctly clip a dog’s nails can do away with these concerns, but it is important to know what kind of nail clippers to buy.
Choosing the Right Nail Clippers for Dogs
There are so many different kinds of nail trimmers out there, it is hard for the average dog owner to know which ones are appropriate for his or her pooch.
The problem is that many nail trimmers available today are cheaply made, cheaply sold and they do not do a good job in clipping a dog’s toenails. Because they are inexpensive, most dog owners buy them, try to use them and end up hurting the dog accidentally. This then leads to dogs being afraid to have their nails trimmed and owners unwilling to do it, all because of buying the wrong nail trimmers.
The two main aspects to take into consideration when selecting dog nail trimmers is that they need to be sharp, and that they can cut without crushing.
With this in mind, those fancy grinder trimmers do not work and are a waste of money, as are many types of “guillotine” nail trimmers since they are hard to use and they crush the nail the moment they get even a little bit dull.
The only type of nail trimmer that should be used for clipping a dog’s nails safely are the kinds that look like a pair of pliers, with the big handles and dual cutting surfaces. These trimmers typically stay sharp longer, they do not crush when correctly used and they are much easier to control by how they are held. This type of clipper is more expensive – usually costing between $10 and $25 depending on the brand – but there is a reason for this! They work!
Nail Clippers for Small Dogs and for Larger Breeds
It is important to buy the appropriate nail clippers for the job, or should I say dog. In other words, if your clippers are too big and bulky they can be difficult to manage on small dogs. Here is a Small Dog Nail Clipper.
And for toy breeds or puppies you might prefer the Li’l Pals Nail Green Trimmer for Extra Small Dogs.
For larger breeds, these nail clippers are proving very popular:
Finding Quality Dog Nail Clippers to Buy
Professional dog nail clippers set the standard for all, both groomers and dog owners. Here are 3 top of the range nail clippers for dogs.
Millers Forge Orange Handle
Some of the most popular nail clippers to buy, and the ones likely used by your veterinary hospital and groomer, are made by Millers Forge and are simply called Heavy Duty Orange Handle Nail Clippers (not the stainless steel clippers). They are sharp, stay sharp and give years of precise service without crushing or causing any toenail damage when used correctly.
The Millers Forge Nail Clippers are priced very economically and have proven to be top dog nail clippers for our readers.
Safari Professional Nail Clipper
Groomers who do not use the Millers Forge clippers often like the Safari clipper.
They work in the same way as the Millers Forge using a pliers-like grip, but they also include the added comfort of a more ergonomic grip.
The Safari Dog Nail Trimmers are also very reasonably priced and often offered at a discount.
Master Groomer Professional Nail Clipper
Master Groomer is a brand of professional grooming products and they also offer their own version of the Millers Forge nail clipper, also with ergonomic handle design. These are designed to withstand constant use such as in a grooming salon, so they are tough and heavy duty, and stay sharp for a long time.
These are especially comfortable for helping to prevent aggravating repetitive motion injury (carpal tunnel syndrome) as well.
The Master Grooming Nail Clippers range in a similar range are also very popular.
The Right Dog Toenail Clippers for Your Pet
If you have already seen the post on dog nail bleeding, you will be aware of how much of a problem injured nails can be. So having the right equipment in the first place can go a long way towards preventing such injuries.
By starting off with a higher quality pair of dog nail clippers, any owner can learn how to properly trim their dog’s toenails safely. These strong, sharp clippers will cut precisely where they are positioned, helping to ensure that only the nail growth is cut and not the quick, when correctly used.
Dog owners can practice with their new nail clippers for dogs by cutting only the very tips off in order to get the feel of the clippers, gradually going little by little from there until feeling confident. Then, keeping a dog’s nails comfortably trimmed to about ⅓ to ½ inch before the quick (depending on the size of the dog and its toenails, of course) should be very easy to do.
Having the right dog nail clippers will enable any owner to manage nail clipping with the least amount of doggie drama possible.
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