Most will need their nails clipping from time to time. Some of the more active breeds and working dogs tend to keep their nails short with regular activity. Household pets may see theirs grow a little longer. It is important to keep the nails short and smooth to avoid injury. The problem is that this means some form of nail cutting process. Many dog owners hate nail clippers, so what is the best solution?
The problems with nail clippers
Nail clippers are not everyone’s preferred tool when it comes to clipping nails. Those that are confident with them can achieve a quick, clean finish in no time at all. Others lack that confidence and may put the dog at risk as a result. Those that clip too far can damage the nail’s quick, which can cause pain and bleeding. There is also the risk of cracking and splintering nails under the pressure of some clippers. This can all lead to an unpleasant process for all concerned. The good news is that there are alternatives.
How to cut dog’s nails without clippers?
There are two options here that you can try to avoid using nail clippers.
# A nail file
# A nail grinder
The pros and cons of the nail file
The nail file is a good manual alternative to the nail clipper because it offers users greater control. You can decide how far to work and do so at a slow and steady pace. The benefit here is that there is much less of a risk of accidentally hitting that quick. You can also get quite a nice, smooth finish with the nail file to the shape and length that you want.
Of course, there are also some disadvantages to this option. This can be a slow process, and obviously not ideal when you need a quick solution. With the nail clipper, it is a case of one clip on each nail and the dog can go about its day. This way you are asking for a lot of patience from your pet. This is particularly problematic with dogs that are already a little nervous about the process.
The pros and cons of the nail grinder.
Nail grinders remove these issues of time and patience. These tools are much faster acting and can sand away the nail to the required length in a fraction of the time. Think of it just like a high-powered nail file. This means a smooth result and easy process without asking the dog to sit still for long periods. There is still that element of control too, with few concerns about hitting the quick. Users are advised to trim the hair around the paw before proceeding. This will reduce the risk of it tangling up in the mechanisms.
The problem with this option is that this isn’t a manual approach. This is a powered tool – either with a battery or a power cord to create those quick rotations. This means that the process comes with some noise and vibration. Some dogs will struggle with this, especially those sensitive to noises already. It is possible to train dogs to get used to the device, just as you train them to get used to being handled for nail clipping. Get them used to the noise before going near their nails with the tool. From there, show them the vibration and make sure they are comfortable with it. Once the dog is happy, you can start grinding the nails.
Finding the best nail grinder.
Dog nail grinders have their pros and cons, but there are a much more effective and time efficient solution to the nail file. Few dog owners, or dogs, have the time for that. You still need to make sure that you have a model that meets you needs. This means comparing possible options for their speed settings, weight, recommended breed size and whether they are corded or cordless. The Pet God has an updated list of the best dog nail grinders for 2018.
The final choice on how to cut dog’s nails without clippers is up to you. Our recommendation is the nail grinder because of the speed, precision, finish and low risk. Those that are uncomfortable with this powerful tool can turn to the nail file as an alternative.