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Dog Nail Trimmers - How to Select the Best Nail Trimmers for Your Dog

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There are several types of dog nail trimmers available for grooming your precious pooch. The type of dog nail trimmer you choose should be based on the size of your pet – smaller pets have smaller nails and large dogs have large hard toenails.

Desirable Features in Dog Nail Trimmers

  • Easy to clean
  • Comfortable handles
  • Easy to use
  • Durable
  • Safe

    Ideal Choice in Dog Nail Trimmers

    Good quality dog nail trimmers with comfortable handles and stainless steel blades in a size that is compatible with the size of your dog.

    Shopping Tips for Dog Nail Trimmers

    There are three primary types of dog nail trimmers: guillotine style, Miller's forge and large nail trimmers.

  • Guillotine style - This style is quite popular, especially for smaller dogs, because of the ease in placing the nail. The nail is passed through a metal hoop at the end of the trimmer and the handles are closed. As they close, a metal trimmer slides across the metal loop and trims the nail. Some people find the squeeze-type closure of the handles easier to use than scissor-type handles. However, the blades need to be changed frequently and it is not effective on larger dogs.

  • Miller's forge trimmers - These trimmers are used mostly on small and medium sized dogs. The trimmer looks similar to scissors with blades that have semi-circular indentations. When the blades are opened, the semicircles make a circular opening into which the nail is placed. With the nail in position, the handles are closed and the nail is trimmed. Miller's forge trimmers are stronger than the guillotine style and they do not have blades that need to be replaced. However, the handles are far apart and can be difficult to operate for people with small hands.

  • Large dog nail trimmers - These trimmers are used primarily for large dogs. Like Miller's forge trimmers, they have handles similar to scissors and blades with semicircular indentations. However, the blades are thicker and stronger than any other trimmer and they separate far enough to allow large nails to fit. These blades do not need replacement, but this type can be clumsy to use on smaller dogs.

    More Tips for Buying Dog Nail Trimmers

  • Bleeding toenails can occur when nails are cut too short or into the quick. This can be remedied by using a small amount of flour packed onto the end of the nail will often quell the bleeding. Also try rubbing a bar of soap on the end of the nail for the same effect. Nothing, however, beats having a stash of styptic powder, which you can buy at your local pet store or at your vet's office

  • Some new dog nail trimmers come with a styptic power in the handle of the trimmers which is a very nice feature.

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    Very informative article
    by circles34, Thursday, February 28, 2008

    Comment: I am in need of nail clippers for my 300LB Mastiff that has very hard nails so I wanted to make sure I purchased the correct clippers.After all he is my baby and best friend.After reading this I feel knowledgeable enough to buy them.

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