I know though how difficult this task can be if your dog or cat is frustrated or even scared just by seeing a nail clipper. The good news is, with these new models of dog and cat nail clippers your task will be much easier. Promised.
There are of course some points you have to consider when you want to clip your dog’s or cat’s nails for the first time. And I can tell you that once you clip your pet’s nails yourself, this task will help you bond even more with your pet friend.
If your pet has made bad experiences with nail clipping or with being touched at their paws at all, you need to start very slowly to acclimate your pet with nail clipping. First try to just show your dog or cat your new nail clipper, let it even lie around. With their safety lock they’re no hazard at all. Then touch your pet’s paw with the clipper, softly, tap their nails with it. Reward your dog or cat with their favorite treat. Soon you can try to snip away a small piece of their nails. You will see that instead of pulling their paws back they will look at you wondering when they will get their treat.
There are always dogs and cats that just can’t get used to having their nails clipped. In this case clipping their nails is always a two-person-job. Your helper needs to hold your dog or cat tightly. Tightly is the keyword. Do you know why? The tighter you hold a pet, the safer he will feel. And the less he will be moving around, trying to escape. Your pet will wait – more or less patiently – until the procedure is done.
Today’s dog and cat nail clippers are very safe tools. They come with a guard that prevents you from accidental nicks and cuts.
How often should you clip your dog’s and cat’s nails? Well, you shouldn’t wait until your pet shows pain while walking. When the nails grow too long walking causes pain and injuries not only for your dog but also for you. I recently visited a family with a cute but feisty Schnauzer. He loved to greet people by jumping on them. Since his nails weren’t clipped he injured the legs of the visitors.
If your dog gets enough opportunity to move, run and jump around, the nails will wear down naturally. Most of the dogs though and even more so in higher age don’t move enough for their nails to get worn down. Sooner or later you need to clip them. And then you might need to clip them about every 2 weeks depending on your dog’s daily exercise.
Many dog and cat owners are scared to clip their pet’s nails themselves. You still have the possibility to let it have done by professionals. They might show you how to do it and give you some advice, so you can try it yourself.
Koodella Dog Nail Clipper
- Quick guard prevents overcutting
- Built to last
- Safety lock for added protection and safe storage
- Strong ergonomic handle makes cutting a breeze
I chose koodella for the quick sensor and the little rasp hidden in the handle. The clippers are super sharp, easy to grip and they helped me cut nice slivers off the nails as I was “inching” up. No breakage, no mess, just nice thin slices. PERFECT!
I am extremely pleased with this product. These clippers are well made and sharp enough that I’m not playing tug ‘o war with my dog when I clip her nails now.
I always used the guillotine type cutters previously but found these clippers superior as it seemed easier avoiding the fur that surrounds the nail. The guard is an added feature if your dog has black nails. These seem very sharp.
Pro Pet Works Dog Nail Clippers Trimmers
- Precision heavy-duty stainless steel blade
- Nail file included
- Ergonomic non-slip grip for comfort and control
- Built-in safety nail guard quick sensor
- Ideal for dogs and cats
These pet nail clippers are great. They are comfortable to grip and the nail file located in the handle is very convenient for getting rid of the sharp edges. I would highly recommend these for the first timer like me.
These clippers are the best.I was able to clip my dogs nails quickly and without incident.They have great handles making it easy to squeeze. Nail clipping was always such a hassle, but not now. Great product.
High quality steel. Very sharp blades. If you have a cat you know how hard it is to cut their nails. This doesn’t make your cat behave, but you can be certain of a clean cut.
Epica Professional Pet Nail Clipper
- Engineered for precise, easy cutting
- Blades of high grade stainless steel for long-lasting sharpness
- Blade spacing ideal for medium and large breed toe nails
- Clipper locks closed for safety
- Rubber coated handles for comfortable, secure grip
The rubber on the handles make it easy to grip so you can hold it well and it won’t slip. It is ergonomically correct for your hands so you can use all your hand strength to easily cut those thick nails. It is sharp so you can go fast and fully cut through the nail on the first try. You can actually see what you are doing and where you are cutting. It even has a little guide on it to help you so you don’t go too far and cut into the nail quick.
These are excellent clippers!! Very sharp, and I like the guard which helps you from going too far up the nail. The really nice thing about these clippers is they are so sharp you can nip off very small amounts of nail.
Easy to handle, sharp, quality instrument. Cuts readily without traumatizing the handler or the dog.
* Prices are good at the time the article was written, but subject to change without notice.