If your dog is anything like mine which doesn’t like getting his nails cut…my husband & I found out that a pair of new or fairly new wire cutters work just as well as dog nail cutters.
What can I use to cut dog nails?
There are several styles of nail trimmers, including a guillotine type and a scissors type. The guillotine type is the easiest to use in dogs. The scissors-type is used to trim a toenail that is so long that it is curling in a circle. Long claws can grow into the toe-pad.
How can I cut my dog’s nails without clippers?
There are alternatives to using clippers to cut your dog nails which include nail files and Dremel type tools. Dogs that are active outside and are frequently on hard terrain or able to dig often do not need their nails shortened as often as dogs that do not have outdoor access.
Can I use pliers to cut my dog’s nails?
There are a variety of options you can use to trim your dog’s nails. While some people might prefer guillotine-style clippers, the spring-loaded scissor-style or plier-style nail clippers are favored by most veterinary professionals. These are especially helpful for dogs with thick, tough nails.
How do you naturally clip a dog’s nails?
Ways to File Those Nails Down Naturally
- Agility practice – those contacts are like sand paper and perfect for filing nails.
- Jogging on hard surface – get your exercise and wear down those nails at the same time.
- Biking on hard surface – If you can’t run with your dog, this is a good alternative.
Can you file a dog’s nails with a human nail file?
Always be sure to use a nail file designed specifically for dogs. Never use a nail file made for humans on your dog’s nails.
What angle do you cut a dog’s nails?
The experts recommend cutting your dog’s nails at a 45-degree angle, making sure to stay below the “quick” (the bundle of nerves and vessels which reside within your dog’s claws. In some dogs, with lighter-colored nails, you can easily see the quick and avoid injuring them.
How do you manually file a dog’s nails?
Filing Your Dog’s Nails Manually. Hold a heavy-gauge metal nail file in your dominant hand. Invest in a metal nail file, which is sturdier than an emery board. Hold the file, and have your dog sit or lie down or stand and, if necessary, gently drape your upper body over your dog to keep it still.
How do you cut an overgrown black dog’s nails?
Trimming black nails
- Go slowly.
- Hold your dog’s paw firmly but gently.
- Position the clippers to cut the nail from top to bottom (not side to side)
- Trim a very small length of the nail, about 1/16th of an inch.
Can I use an emery board on my dog nails?
Emery boards will work just fine for filing a puppy’s nails, although you may go through more than 1 emery board in the process. Use a filing tool made for dogs if you have one available. Many pet stores will carry emery board-type tools created specifically for filing dog nails.