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Dog Clippers-Cheap and Practical Guillotine Nail Clippers

By Edited Jun 11, 2015 2 5

The handles of my nail clippers are black


Easy to use



Makes a very clean cut

Stainless Steel blade

Hardened handles

Safe cutting action


None as long as you are careful

Full Review

I have kept dogs as pets for almost 40 years. My little darlings have included a fair few rescue dogs, each of which came with a fair amount of emotional baggage and health problems. My two current dogs were both rescued. Each had their own set of problems.

Leo, who is my Avatar here on Infobarrel, is one of the sweetest dogs I have ever known. In recent years his bad start in life has caught up with him and he has had many health problems.

Since last year he has had a serious heart condition which is now at the stage of TLC, tender loving care, and medication. Presently his medication costs just over £170 every three months. We are not affluent and, what with our household expenses, our other dogs requirements and the basic costs of keeping two dogs, life is never easy financially.

Until he began to be ill Leo would go for regular grooming sessions in order to keep his long hair under control. Recently, due to the cost and his poor health, I have taken to trimming Leo's coat when appropriate. Don't get me wrong, on the whole Leo is fabulous when you consider how enlarged his heart is. The vet never ceases to be amazed at how lively and happy Leo remains. This could change at any time though.

All of this had left me wondering what to do about Leo's overgrown nails or claws.

The vet had never remarked at the length of these so I was surprised to see just how overgrown they had become. None of my dogs have never needed their claws trimming and my first dog lived almost 19 years.

Leo still has exercise but not as much as in the past. His walks often take him onto grass rather than concrete. As house dogs, both my pooches live indoors in comfort. This means that their claws do not get the natural trimming that an outdoor life can bring.

I had seen a few different gadgets which claimed to easily trim a pet's nails, but many were not cheap.

I thought I would check out my local pet shop and that is were I found the answer to my dog nail clipping prayers.

The De-Luxe, Guillotine, Nail Clippers retailed at a mere £2.95. At that price they had to be a bargain. If they did not live up to expectations at least I had not wasted too much money.

The manufacturers claim that these clippers are ideal for small and medium sized dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs and other small animals.

There is a little advice on the packaging but these clippers are very easy to use.

From the side they look like a traditional pair of human nail clippers. Turn them around though and you will see that the cutting part is much wider. A safety shield covers the clippers when not in use. Personally, I would recommend taking care where you store these clippers. The mechanism works so well it would be all too easy for a child to have a nasty if not serious accident.

The clippers work on the principle of a guillotine.

You simply remove the safety cover, place the dog's nail in the hole at the top and as you press the spring loaded handles together the nail is trimmed.

We had tried our old nail clippers on Leo first, but a dog's nails are just too tough for these. These guillotine nail clippers had no problems though.

Here is how to trim your dog's nails with these clippers:

1-Ensure that your dog is settled and will remain still long enough for you to trim the nail or nails required.

2-We found that it was best with two of us, one holding Leo and the other operating the clippers.

3-Hold the pet's foot carefully but firmly. Make sure that your fingers are well away from the cutting blade.

4-Hold the guillotine clippers with the blade facing up and the release button below.

5-The pet's nail is then placed through the guillotine hole facing upward. This means that the nail is cut from bottom to top.

6-Each nail has a quick, a small blood vessel, which if cut will cause your animal pain and will bleed. Make sure that you do not trim your pet's nails too far.

7-Trim a little of the nail at a time ensuring that you are nowhere near the quick.

8-If you trim the animal's nails regularly you should only need to trim a little nail each time.

Just like we humans, an animal's nail will be softer and easier to cut after bathing. If the animal's nails are very overgrown and curling trim a small amount of nail and leave for a week. Repeat after a week, and so on, until the animal's nail is the desired length.

In Closing

I am very pleased with my purchase. I can tell that the guillotine nail clippers will have longevity. As yet I do not need to use these nail clippers on my other dog but would not be afraid to do so if necessary.

Remember though that, if you are in any doubt, consult your veterinary specialist. Trimming a dog's nails badly can cause severe pain to the animal.

However, you must also bear in mind that very overgrown nails can also cause a dog pain.



Apr 24, 2010 3:30pm
Great article on dog nail clippers and advice on how to use them.
Apr 29, 2010 4:02pm
Thanks JH
May 3, 2010 9:39am
Great article ethel. Havent seen you here much lately. Take care
May 3, 2010 10:41am
Thanks Eileen. Will hopefully catch up soon. Whilst my eyes were still settling 'fraid something had to give.
Apr 18, 2012 2:44am
If you have a frisky dog like mine, let's do what the Dog Whisperer keeps saying... place the dog on submissive mode then use the clippers. It doesn't do well to have quality clippers with a frisky dog in line. The human or dog might get hurt in the process.
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