Thứ Năm, 4 tháng 8, 2016

The Best Dog Nail Clippers




Clipping your dog’s nails isn’t much fun, even under the best of circumstances. But you can make the job easier and better for the dog if you have the best dog nail clippers.

Types Of Dog Nail Clippers

 

 

Scissors-style nail clippers
There are four styles or 
types of dog nail clippers. The first is called scissors style and they are just what you would imagine – scissors with notches in the blades to hold the dog’s nail in place. To trim the nail, you simply squeeze the scissors’ handles together.
The advantage of scissors-style dog nail trimmers is that they are relatively inexpensive and do a fairly good job but only if you have a small dog such as toy dog breeds. This is because the scissors are lightweight and won’t cut the nails of larger dogs such as a Wheaten Terrier or Cocker Spaniel.
Pliers-style nail clippers
These nail clippers work on the same principle as pruning shears. There are two notched blades that surround and cut through the nail when you squeeze the handles together. The advantage of pliers-style dog nail trimmers is that you can see exactly where the blade will cut the nail before you make the actual cut. These dog nail clippers are especially good for use with large dogs that have thick nails. The disadvantage of these clippers is that when they get dull, they can crush the dog’s nail instead of cutting it. And when they get dull, the only alternative is to replace them.
Guillotine-style nail clippers
This style of nail clipper has a stationary ring though which you place the dog’s nail. You can then press the handles together and a cutting blade comes up and slices off the nail much as the blade of a guillotine slices off, well, you know what.

The advantage of the guillotine-style trimmer is they have replaceable blades. This means that when the blade gets dull, you just replace it – instead of having to replace the entire clipper. The clippers also give a nice, clean cut.
Dremel-style dog nail trimmers
This type of trimmer gets its name from the Dremel tool. It has a rotating head to shave off the dog’s nail, rather than cutting it. Some dog owners – especially first time nail trimmers – like the Dremel style because it allows them to shave off just tiny bits of the nail which reduces the risk of cutting into the dog’s quick, which would be very painful for the dog.
The disadvantage of these trimmers is that they are generally more expensive than any of the other styles.
Safety-type nail clippers
This is a sort of sub-class of 
dog nail clippers. They are either guillotine- or pliers-style clippers but have sensors that can detect the dog’s quick. These sensors alert you as to when you’re getting close to the quick to prevent you from accidentally cutting into it.

Avoid Cutting Into The Quick

 

If you haven’t clipped your dog’s nails before, you may be wondering what’s all the fuss is about the quick. To understand the importance of the quick, you need to know something about the anatomy of a dog’s nails.
Dog nails have two parts – a hard outer shell and the quick. The quick is the part of the dog’s nails that have blood vessels and nerves. When you cut into the quick, you are literally cutting nerves and blood vessels – which is very painful for the dog. When you cut into the quick, it will almost always bleed. This makes the procedure a very unpleasant experience for the dog and serves as sort of negative reinforcement. If you cut into the quick, you may find it much harder to clip your dog's nails in the future.

The Best Dog Nail Clippers


The best dog nail clippers for you will depend a lot on your experience and level of comfort in dog nail trimming. Experienced groomers tend to favor the guillotine-style nail clippers because you can see exactly where the cut will be made, and that the blades can be replaced when they wear out.
If you have some experience in clipping your dog’s nails and both you and the dog are comfortable with the procedure, then the guillotine-style clippers might be the best dog nail clippers for you. If nail clipping is new to both you and the dog, the Dremel-style trimmer or a trimmer with built-in sensors might be a better choice. That’s because either of these minimize the possibility that you will accidentally cut into its quick.
In short, the best dog nail clippers for you will depend on how much you want to spend on the clippers and your level of comfort in dog nail clipping. Whichever you choose, remember that it’s always best to take your time and be patient with the dog. After all, having its nails clipped is a foreign concept to your dog and never a really great experience.