Dog grooming is a necessity for you pets. Dog grooming can be made at home or by saloons. But when dog grooming comes to nails, there are some more what should be known…
Nail clippers are the essential tools for dog nail grooming, working for both professional and home use. There are many sizes and models available for clippers, and all you have to do is choose the one that suits your dog’s size or breed. Medium-sized clippers usually work on small and medium-sized breeds. Grinders are an alternative to clippers that lots of groomers prefer, and which should definitely prove suitable for a wide range of dog nail grooming applications.
Clippers cut and grinders smooth off edges. Both tools can be used in parallel or in support of each other because dog nail grooming is complex and sometimes risky. There is a guard attached to some clippers which prevents cutting too much nail, nevertheless, this feature partly blocks vision and you could cut tissues close to the nail without realizing it. Such accidents are frequent in home grooming because of the wrong use of tools.
More advanced equipment for dog nail grooming stems the bleeding and cauterizes the vein if the clippers touch it. The problem with dog nail grooming is that you have to be very careful and maximize the dog’s comfort, or you risk to make the animal nervous and agitated, thus reducing the chances of trimming the nails properly.
Even so, dog nail grooming should not be neglected. Without trimming or the chance to smooth the nails against the ground, a pet that lives mainly indoors will suffer when the nails get too long. Improperly trimmed nails also carry the risk of ingrown nails, which are both painful and uncomfortable. If you can hear the dog’s nails clicking against the floor, then, you should cut them right away.
When the dog has too brittle nails to cut by normal dog nail grooming methods, filing or grinding is the alternative that avoids the formation of splinters. The dog’s disposition and tolerance are very important for nail trimming. Don’t attempt at cutting them all at once; you can allow for breaks and slow work so that the animal is not forced to keep the toes firm for more than 30 seconds at once. Because of the discomfort, it is very likely for a dog to bit his master during dog nail grooming.
With many pets it takes a lot of time to get used to nail trimming. Tolerance can be helped with careful handling, but this doesn’t always work. You can use the reward system to help the animal adapt: cut one nail then reward the pet with a tiny treat. This may help you complete the task more rapidly and without incidents.