Nail clippers are the essential tools for dog nail grooming, working for both professional and home use. There are many sizes and models available for clippers, it is all about choosing the model that best suits your dog’s needs. Medium-sized clippers usually work on small and medium-sized breeds. Grinders are an alternative to clippers that lots of groomers prefer, and which should definitely prove suitable for a wide range of dog nail grooming applications.
Grinders smooth off edges while clippers cut. Both tools can be used in parallel or in support of each other because dog nail grooming is complex and sometimes risky. There is a guard attached to some clippers which prevents cutting too much nail, nevertheless, this feature partly blocks vision and you could cut tissues close to the nail without realizing it. Such accidents are frequent in home grooming because of the wrong use of tools.
There are very professional items for dog nail grooming that allow for the stemming of the bleeding by the cauterization of the vein that gets touched with the clippers. The dog’s comfort is essential for the matter, or you risk to make the animal nervous and agitated, thus reducing the chances of trimming the nails properly.
Why is dog nail grooming so important? Without trimming or the chance to smooth the nails against the ground, a pet that lives mainly indoors will suffer when the nails get too long. Improperly trimmed nails also carry the risk of ingrown nails, which are both painful and uncomfortable. Listen to your dog walking on hard floors, and if they click, then, dog nail grooming is a must right away.
When the dog has too brittle nails to cut by normal dog nail grooming methods, filing or grinding is the alternative that avoids the formation of splinters. The dog’s disposition and tolerance are very important for nail trimming. You don’t have to cut them all, right away; you can allow for breaks and slow work so that the animal is not forced to keep the toes firm for more than 30 seconds at once. There have been cases when pets have bitten their masters during this kind of grooming episodes.
Lots of pets get used to dog nail grooming in time. Tolerance can be helped with careful handling, but this doesn’t always work. Try the reward system and give your pet a tiny treat after each nail cut. This may help you complete the task more rapidly and without incidents.