The Best Dog Nail Cutter I’ve ever used is…(drum roll, please)…
The White Nail Scissors
I imagine you have your favorite kind of dog nail trimmer, but let me explain why I like these the best and how I use them to trim dog’s nails.
Why I like them best:
- They don’t split nails because they are made of sharp, stainless steel and can last for years cutting nails every day. If you’re an owner, they’ll probably last a lifetime.
- They’re very inexpensive considering how long they will last and what you get for your money.
- They can be used not only for trimming dog’s nails, but also for cats, birds, reptiles, and even elephants! Just kidding, they don’t make them big enough for elephants!
- They’re easily disinfected, being made of stainless steel, and they won’t rust.
- They are sharp enough to cut off a very small amount when you’re clipping dog nails without causing them to crack or split.
- They are useful for other things, too, which I will explain in a future blog articles.
How I use them:
- I usually trim dog nails from the bottom, meaning that I turn the foot over so the nails are pointing upwards. By doing this I can better see where to cut.
- I cut the nails parallel to the bottom of the pad, not at right angles to the nail. Doing so makes it less likely that I will cut the nail too short, and it’s the natural angle of the nail, also.
- For trimming dog nails that are white, I don’t cut down to the red; I cut about 1/8 of an inch beyond the red, again parallel to the bottom of the pad.
- For puppies and kittens, I hold my index finger on the other side of the nail cutter jaws from the nail so I may only be cutting off 1/32 to 1/16 inch from the nail. My finger is protection against cutting off too much nail.
- For clipping nails that are black, I use what I call the “Target Technique.”