"A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself."
― Josh Billings
― Josh Billings
There are two basic types of nail clippers: guillotine style and scissors type. Choosing between these two does get a little tough. That's why, to make things easy for you, here are some useful tips.
The blade slides up and down when you squeeze the handles together, and the nail gets cut. On the other hand, with scissors-type trimmers, you have handles like those on scissors, with semicircular blades attached at the end of them. You place the blades around the nails and clip them by applying pressure on the handle.
Quality of the Clipper
The nail clippers that you choose should be made of stainless steel so that they can be cleaned easily. Also, stainless steel blades last longer than blades made of any other metal. The handles should be comfortable for you to hold, as well as durable.
All in all, the clipper you buy should be able to last years; therefore, they should be from an authorized pet product store, and should be approved by the ASPCA and RSPCA.
There are new electric clippers in the market that help you clip the nail without getting damaged, but they are not as long-lasting as the manual ones. Also, trimmers with styptic powder handles are also available which are a good choice.
When you go to the pet store to choose a nail clipper, hold each one and check the comfort level. If you are a right-handed person, then hold the clipper in your left hand, and only if it is comfortable in both hands, you should go ahead with the purchase. The grip should not be too hard, but not too soft either.
Always remember to be careful while clipping your dog's nails. In case of bleeding, do not panic, as it happens when you cut the nail too short. In cases like these, you can soak up the blood in some cotton, and apply an antiseptic solution to the nails. Talk to your vet before buying your clippers so that he can suggest a few reputed ones for your dog.