I was reading a newspaper article about trimming a dog’s nails. All was well until I came across a curious paragraph:
“Trimming your dog’s nails necessitates the right equipment. There are two basic types of nail clippers for dogs — a guillotine type and a scissor type. Purchase the size that is correct for your dog. If a nail clipper is intolerable for your dog, an alternative may be a nail grinder — an electronic tool that sands nails down.”
Well, I suppose that’s what you get when how-to advice is written by journalists and not field experts.
I have seen a few of those ‘nail grinders’ on the market (one of them is pictured above) and in all my years of veterinary practice I have never met a dog that would tolerate having their nails sanded down by one of those.
To suggest that if a dog’s nails can’t be trimmed you should use a nail grinder is like suggesting that if the jump leads wouldn’t start your car, you should try hitting it with a hammer! It’s ridiculous, shows ignorance and simply wouldn’t work.
So please, please do me a favour – don’t buy a nail grinder for your dog. Not unless you really want to be bitten. Or maybe you just want a present for someone you don’t like.
And if you want to learn how to cut your dog’s nails – I have written an article ‘How to cut your dog’s nails‘. And believe me, I’ve cut a few dogs’ nails in my time.