Selecting the best dog toenail clippers is no easy task. There are many factors you need to consider to make the optimal decision. For instance, scissor style clippers are mainly used to clip long toenails, and most dogs will not need this. Guillotine style clippers are ideal for nails that are of medium length, and are perfect for dogs that are normally scared of clippers. Lastly, grinders are electric devices that grind down the claw, which dulls it. Lastly, if you don’t feel confident in your own abilities, then simply hire a professional groomer or take it to your vet for assistance.
For claws that have grown so long they curl inwards towards your dog’s foot pad, you will want to use scissor clippers to deal with this. This issue most commonly affects the dew claw, that is, the claw that appears to be your dog’s “thumb”. Since the dew claw generally doesn’t touch the ground as much as the other claws, it doesn’t get worn down much. Over a long enough period, it will grow so long it begins to curl inwards, which can irritate your dog and cause severe pain in serious cases. Unless your dog suffers from dew claws, you do not need to own a pair of scissor clippers.
Next, guillotine clippers are the most basic style of dog toenail clipper to own and use. To use it, you simply need to place your dog’s toenails through the small loop at the end of the tool, and then squeeze the handles together to clip the nail. Most dogs prefer this style of clipper, and it is much easier for owners to use it without causing any accidents.
Another style of clipper is the grinder style. As the name suggests, the grinder literally grinds away at the nail until it has been reduced to the proper length. Compared to the other clipper styles, this is a new invention. It also requires batteries to operate. Some dogs prefer this method of getting their nails groomed, but this all depends on your dog and thus your mileage may vary. Furthermore, nails that have been ground down have the benefit of being smooth (as opposed to sharp and jagged). This is great if your dog loves to jump on people because he can now do it without accidentally hurting someone.
It is difficult to say which toenail trimming tool is the best, because a lot of it depends on the dog. Some owners have dogs that simply hate getting their nails trimmed no matter the tool or method. In situations like these, you may need the help of a professional groomer to get the job done. If your dog is scared, you don’t want to aggravate it further, and leaving it to the hands of someone experienced may be the best option. They can work faster and with less chances of making a mistake, all the while keeping your dog in the optimal position so it feels comfortable and won’t wiggle away. Consider seeing a professional groomer or your vet.