Pet Nail Grooming Tools

by Whitney Lowell
    Check your dog's nails regularly to see if they need to be trimmed.

    Check your dog's nails regularly to see if they need to be trimmed.

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    One of the scariest things about grooming your pet is trimming his nails. If you trim too short, you can cut the quick and cause pain, bleeding and anxiety. You can lose your pet's trust by snipping the quick. But with the right tools, you can have confidence trimming his nails. Your beloved pet might come around to letting you do it without a major protest.

    Nail Clippers

    Basic clippers work fine. Buy small clippers for a small dog and big clippers for a big dog. The wrong-size nail clippers can make things hard for you and your pet. A high-tech alternative to the basic nail clipper is a quick-finding clipper that beeps when you get close to the quick. These are great for pets with dark nails.


    Lots of vets and groomers use low-voltage hand-held grinder/sanders to trim dogs' nails. Dremels are the most popular nail tool. These grind bits of nail at a time, and the heat they produce helps draw the quick backward. You can use a nail-grinding tool every few days to help shorten your pet's nails faster. Hand-held grinders can be stressful because they make a buzzing noise; your pet may need to adjust to your use of such a tool.

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    About the Author

    Whitney Lowell has been writing online since 2007. She writes for a variety of online publications and across a wide range of topics and niches. She has experience with animal rescue, dog training, pet health and breeding reptiles.