Dog clippers and files are important tools that you will need to keep your pet's nails and paws healthy. Learning how to using them is an essential part of your home dog grooming routine.
Clipping your pooch's nails will help prevent them from splitting or snagging on objects which may result in a painful injury. Also, if they grow too long it could make it painful and difficult for your canine to walk around.
Manual Dog ClippersYou can use manual dog nail clippers that use a cutting blade or you can try electric dog clippers which actually file instead of cutting.
If you are using manual clippers they must be sharp so that they make a swift clean cut. Dull ones tend to pinch or crush which will cause your pet pain and agitation. You should begin at the tip and snip off little pieces at a time. After trimming make sure to file down any rough edges.
Inside a Dog's Nail: The "Quick" & What You Need to KnowBeware of the fleshy center of the nail called the "quick;" it will bleed if you cut into it causing your furry friend some pain and worry. If you see moisture, then you have reached this delicate inner portion. If you do cut through the quick it will bleed for a bit depending on how deep a cut you made.
You also must pay extra attention to the dewclaw, which is located on the inside of the leg. This particular claw can get snagged easily. It doesn't rub against the ground so it doesn't show wear like the others and can become very sharp and pointy. You need to keep a watch on it and, as it doesn't wear down, trim it more often than the others.
Electric Dog ClippersIf you decide to use an electric trimming model you may have to spend some time getting your canine
When you start with the grooming process, gather all the necessary tools and choose a comfortable place. Lay your pup on his stomach. This posture allows for both the safety and comfort of your pooch as you trim. Since he will be a little restless while you work, give him a bone, toy or treats to divert his attention.
Importance of Regular Dog Nail ClippingIf you are not following a set grooming schedule, an obvious reminder
that it's time to trim is when you hear them start to click on the
floor. Ideally, they should be trimmed twice a month. If you neglect
this important grooming task, it will be difficult to get them back to
the proper length since the quick will also move forward if the claws
are left untrimmed.
Don't skip this important grooming task. And keep in mind that the best dog clippers for the job are those that match the size and thickness of the nail. If you need help in the beginning ask questions about dog clippers before making your purchase. You may also want to ask you veterinarian or a professional groomer to show you how and to recommend a few types of suitable for your pet.