What are the different styles of nail trimmers?

Trimming your dog’s nails is a necessary part of being a dog owner. Left untrimmed, a dog’s nails can get long, break easily, and cause great discomfort for your pet. You can either take your dog to a groomer or veterinarian to have your dog’s nails trimmed for a small fee, or you can trim your dog’s nails on your own at home. Whatever method you use, make sure that you are using proper nail trimming instruments specifically designed for dogs.

One of the most common types of nail trimmers is the guillotine-style nail trimmer, in which you insert your dog’s nail into the opened and press down on a lever to snip the nail at the tip. These trimmers are inexpensive and easy to use, however you’ll need to change the blade fairly often. Pliers-style trimmers are also popular, particularly among groomers and for owners that have dogs with thick nails.

Scissors-style nail clippers are a good choice for dog owners with small or toy breeds that have small, light-colored nails. Scissors-style nail clippers should never be used on big dogs with thick nails, as it could cause pain to these types of dogs and result in uneven cuts. Some dog owners also like to use rotary nail grinders to wear down the dog’s nails instead of cutting them.

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