Still thinking about trying to cut Georgie's nail myself. Last time I went to the vet, I think their clippers are dull because they look more ragged when they were done.
I have noticed that there are two basic kinds. The kind that looks like little pliers and the kind that looks like a guilotine. You put the nail in the circular spot and chop it off. Any particular kind you like or any better brands out there?
Thanks for your input. Still working up the nerve to try it. Going to get some clippers and some stypic powder and start with just the tips.
K9luver, would love to see pics of your Min Pins and hear a little about them. I have a 9 month old Min Pin and we are thinking about getting a playmate for her. Would like to know how old are yours and how they get along. Below is Georgie's dogster page.
Personally, I like the plier looking ones better, especially if you get a really nice pair. To me they get a cleaner cut. It's hard to tell you how much to cut. Wish I could show you how I judge the amount. Basically, I stabilize the toe between my thumb and pointer finger, then cut just where the nail starts to curve. You can do just a little at a time too. I hate when I accidently cut them, but the stiptic powder works good. Your vet would probably be willing to give you a demo so you can kind of see how far they cut in. Just give them a call. Good luck! :)
I like the plier kind as well since they cut from both sides I think you get a cleaner cut. I have found that the other kind can kind of crush or split the nail but in the end I think it comes down to personal choice. I do agree though that you should make sure you get ones that are good and sharp and if in doubt just do a tiny bit at a time.
If you are really worried, next time they need to be done, go to a groomer or the vets and ask if they will do them with you. you do the cutting and stuff and just have them watch and they can show you where the wick is so that you are less likely to cut into it :)
oops, I didnt realize that ginger had already said most of what i just did :(
***Edited By: emma_567 on 4/30/2005 7:55:25 PM*** Reason: add the oops.
I agree with Ginger...I like the plier ones better and think that you get a cleaner cut with those ones. Also, if there are a few rough edges, it's much easier to clip off smaller pieces with those vice the other kind and I also feel like you have more control.
I've used both the guillotine and the scissor type- and I much prefer the cut I can get with the scissors. The guillotine clippers work decently on very thin nails- but crush larger nails- not good.
I'd LOVE to hear more about the drremel, Scout. I've heard that people use them forever- but have yet to hear about HOW they use them... how does Scout react to the noise and heat? Does it take long? How do you know when to stop?
Two of my three deal with naip clipping time decently- the third HATES it- and I usually end up covered in pee. I'll have two more clipper-haters this fall- and would sure love to find something that works. Otherwise- our vet is going to really get sick of seeing our troop come in. :)
I have a rottie and we have I'm not even sure what kind. I think they might be the ones where you stick the nail in the hole. Either way, we dont use it. It does have a guard on there so if you get the right size for your dog, you shouldn't cut to far. My girl HATES having her nails clipped. She's 3 yrs old and we have to bring her to the vet and get her a mild sedative, and let him do it. She jumps, kicks, screams, bites...anything to make you stop. She's crazy sometimes. Lol. And we have no clue why. We've never cut to far, and neither has the vet (before she got so crazy). I don't know. Other then that, all she wants to do is cuddle. :)
Scout, what sort of technique do you use with the dremmel on large dog nails. I have one and use it on my birds nails and just to finnish the dogs nails but I can not do the whole job with it, because it spins I find that is always spins off the nail and is hard to controll.