When it comes to grooming and taking care of your dog its easy to forget about those little things, nails. Clipping a dogs nails can be a daunting task. For anyone who hasn’t attempted to do this the greatest fear is cutting the quick (where the dogs blood flows in to the nail). If you don’t cut your dogs nails and they don’t wear them down naturally it can cause a few problems:
* Poor mobility.
* The nails can curl and puncture the pad.
* The quick will grow longer into the nail.
The solution could be purchasing dog nail clippers with sensor, there are several available on the market. The two leading products with the best reviews are:
* Quickfinder Deluxe Nail Clipper.
* GoPets Nail Clippers for Dogs & Cats
What are clippers with sensors?
Simply put the clippers have a sensor to detect where the nails quick is. Identifying where the quick is can be particularly difficult in dogs with black nails do a sensor can help with this. The clippers have a battery-powered sensor that detects the blood flow. The clippers are held in place on the dogs nail and the sensor shows either a green or red light if it detects blood. If you are nervous about cutting the quick they can take some of the stress out of it.
Generally, the reviews for these clippers are quite mixed. Some people find them hard to use as you have to hold the clipper in place before cutting which can make it a longer process or the sensors don’t seem to work at all. Other reviews, however, are positive and seem to find they take the stress out of clipping your dogs nails. There are some really useful step by step guides to clipping your dogs nails and you can find some great tips
Nail clippers for dogs.
The advantage of having your dog’s nails clipped regularly is that the quick will start to recede into the nail and make clipping much easier in the future. Your dog will also become used to having its nails clipped and each time you do it it should get easier, especially if you reward your dog and make it as stress-free as possible.
If you feel confident in cutting your dogs nails you must take a couple of things into consideration. Find the right clippers for you. This maybe a little bit of trail and error before you find the product that works for you.
* Select the right size for your breed.
* Research the technique.
* Take things slowly.
* Use treats!
Finding what is right for you and your dog is the most important thing. Whether you choose to use standard clippers or dog nail clippers with sensors is entirely your choice. Researching and trying different types of clippers is the only way you are going to find out. Good luck clipping!