Did you know that nail trimming is a very important part of any dog’s grooming routine? Long claws tend to bend and press down on the paw pad, making walking unpleasant. The nails can even tear or split, which causes a lot of pain and bleeding for your pooch, as they have an innervated core. Keeping the claws short gives your pet more comfort to walk, grip the ground, and also prevent joint issues.
“Nail trimming is a simple grooming routine that can improve your pooch’s life. However, it can also become very painful and stressful for your dog if you use the wrong equipment. In order to provide him the best experience, you should start using the most pet-friendly device.” says Emily Morgan, co-founder at LuckyTail dog nail grinder.
Clippers vs. Grinders
When looking for a nail trimming device, you’ll come across two main types of equipment: clippers and grinders. Both as easy-to-use solutions that quickly shorten a claw, but with a big difference: the safety of your pet.
- Nail clippers
Unlike human nail clippers, dog clippers are usually of the guillotine or scissors type. Both cut the claw in one shot, making the process very fast. The biggest disadvantage of clippers is the ease of injuring your pet by overcutting the nail. If you don’t know how far you can clip, you’ll probably end up cutting out part of his blood vessels, which will cause your pooch bleeding and pain.
Clippers also provide inaccurate results with sharp edges and loss of natural nail shape. The misshapen claw can be uncomfortable for your pet to scratch himself and walk, despite being also bad for your floor and furniture, as you’ll start noticing more nail marks.
- Nail grinders
This electronic device is often recommended by vets to use at home. It’s safer than clippers as you’re able to shorten the nail in quick bursts, allowing you to see where you’re grinding and stop before it hits the blood vessels.
Nail grinders ensure a pet-friendly experience since you can take full control of the operation, feel your dog’s reaction, and add short pauses if he feels uncomfortable.
Grinding a claw normally takes a little longer than clipping it, but the process results in round nails with no sharp edges. You can use a grinder to reduce the size of the claw, round, smooth, and polish it. Your dog will feel more comfortable walking and enjoying the day with well-shaped nails.
Best choice for your pet
The best nail trimming device depends on your pet’s size, breed, sensitivity, and courage. When in doubt, opt for a nail grinder as it’s the safest option and delivers better results. There are many options of grinders on the market, consider one with the following features:
- Low sound
- Light vibration
- Different speed modes
- Protective cover
A nail grinder that encompasses all these qualities will ensure a positive experience for even the most frightened pets. For easy and professional grinding, consider a device that also includes LED lights to easily spot the vascularized nail core, is wireless and USB rechargeable so you can have flexibility of movements and use.
The nail grinder that brings all these qualities together is LuckyTail, considered by many vets the safest tool for dog nails. LuckyTail is whisper-quiet, making almost no sound that would stress pets. Plus, the ergonomic design and small shape make it very comfortable for both you and your pup, also allowing you to carry it easily in your bag.
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