Medium Nail Cutter
Nail care is an important part of grooming which, can help prevent problems with posture, sprains and other injuries. Although nails are usually worn down through regular exercise, some less active dogs may require assistance to help keep their paws in good condition. Nail cutters are an ideal tool for this task, available in different sizes to suit specific breeds. These particular nail cutters are ‘medium’ size, offering greater versatility with a wide variety of breeds.
The pliers design is quick and easy to use with soft grip handles for superior comfort and control. The cutting blades are made from stainless steel to prevent metal corrosion and endorse easy cleaning and sterilisation. Finally, for novice users, they have an integral safety guard to help prevent excessive cutting and injury.
Is it safe to use?
Like most cutting tools, this product has functional sharp edges. As such, always use with caution to prevent accidental injury. When not in use, always engage the blade locking mechanism and keep out of reach of children.
How do I use it?
If you’re working unaided, position yourself either behind or to the side of the dog. This will help you control their movements and make them feel more secure. Ensure you have all the necessary tools and accessories to hand, including styptic powder and cotton buds for emergencies.
Start by lifting the paw and holding it close to the body. Avoid trying to straighten or extend the leg, as this will often cause the dog to react and pull away. It is important that both you and the dog remain calm throughout the entire procedure.
With the paw held firm, expose the nails by gently squeezing and extending the digits using your fingers. You may notice some nails are opaque, whilst others are transparent. This is quite normal and, can often help you to locate the ‘quick’, determining how much of the nail you can safely remove. With nails that are a dark colour and opaque, the ‘quick’ can usually be found by looking at the underside of the nail.
Unlock the cutter and, place it over the end of the nail. If needed, slide the safety guard into position (between the cutting blades) to remove the nail in smaller sections. If the nails are particularly long, it may prove necessary to make several cuts in order to achieve the desired length. For the best results, always cut in a single smooth and continuous action – without hesitation. In the event of cutting into the quick, simply apply some styptic powder to control any bleeding.
Unless you’re a pet professional with suitable training and experience, you may want to consider cutting individual nails over several days. If the dog is nervous or prone to fidgeting, always praise and treat them afterwards to promote a pleasant experience they will learn to tolerate.