Paw Anatomy and How to Choose Dog Nail Clippers

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Paw Anatomy and How to Choose Dog Nail Clippers

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Dog paws are surprisingly sophisticated. The paw of a dog is of a particular design to serve that specific breed's historical requirements. The paw of your dog is functionally equivalent to your hands-only much better. Your dog can walk without shoes on surfaces that you can never touch with your bare hands or feet. Canines can do this as they have many paw pads with a filling of fatty tissue.  An average dog paw has a total of six pads for every paw. Four digital pads are present in one toe along with a metacarpal pad and a carpal pad.

Paw functions

Other than natural insulation, the pad network provides the acceleration, shock absorption, terrain intel, braking, rough surface protection, and sure-footed navigation. An individual paw has its temperature control system due to the positioning of sweat glands below the skin's outermost layer. The sweat glands keep paw pads moist and thus temperature balanced.

Unlike you,  the dog cannot wriggle its toes. They, however, serve identical functions of movement and balance. Walking is their primary task. Your dog walks on its toes and not on its nails or paw pads. The nails of the dog help the animal to grip the surface. Many dogs possess a "dewclaw"-which is an evolutionary memory of a thumb. It is only found on the canine's front paws. A few dogs possess dewclaws on both their back and front paws. A few dog breeds even possess double dewclaws in their back paws.

Dow claws and clippers

Dog nails are colloquially called dog claws, and they are equivalent to a human's toenails and fingernails. These are created from cartilage and are dead. Blood supply, however, is made through "dog nail quick," a small blood vessel. This blood supply is something which the nails of your dog to grow continuously. Almost all dogs possess four toes, and each has its corresponding nail, on every paw. For those dogs which possess dewclaws, those small claws found a little higher in the paw could bring the number of toenails to five in each paw. When it comes to dogs that possess double dewclaws on rear paws, this means the two paws will each have six nails. It is thus essential to choose the correct toenail clippers for your dog. If you are a newbie to dog maintenance, buy scissor clippers. Guillotine clippers sold by many pet shops work by sticking the canine's tail inside a particular hole in the clipper center and squeezing the handles. The nail tip then gets chopped off. Many dogs are afraid of guillotine clippers, and for such dogs, standard scissor tip clippers work fine. If your dog is a large animal, then buy bigger-sized dog clippers.

How To Choose Dog Nail Clippers?

It is lovely to return home to your dog. To many owners, the sound of their dogs running to them for a hug with their feet tapping the floor is a happy one. The sound, however, signifies that your dog is in desperate need of a nail clipping. This task should not be ignored and must be done at the earliest. If this is not done, your dog may get seriously injured. Choosing a nail clipper could be a confusing task but a much-needed one. A number of models are sold in the market. There is no all-size-fits-all. A particular kind of nail clipper is needed for a specific species of dog.

Scissor clippers

These are also known as Miller's Forge Trimmers and functions like scissors. This model is suitable for bigger dogs that have thicker and bigger nails. The clippers provide extra force to cut the nails.

Guillotine clippers

As the name implies, these clippers function similar to the guillotine. You just have to stick the nail end of your dog to the hole and give this device a squeeze. The blade is then lowered which slices off the nail end. Guillotine clippers are best for medium-sized and smaller dogs.

Grinder tools

These clippers became popular due to frequent infomercials. Unlike other nail clippers, the nail does not get clipped but ground down. This function makes it versatile. Such clippers can be used both on bigger dogs and on canines who hate when clippers are used on them. It is to be noted that training could be needed to make your pet used to this device's vibrating sensation. It does not help that the grinding process also takes a little longer time compared to the clipping process. Patience is thus needed both for you and for your pet.

Whatever nail clipper you choose, it is an anxious period for all dogs. Begin trimming claws from your dog's childhood years. Doing this will make it accustomed to the nail clipping process. Keep in mind that a majority of dogs require some kind of restraint.

It is vital to make your dog comfortable prior to cutting its nails. If you do this in a proper manner, your dog will lose its fear of the nail clipping device. You can prepare it by frequently touching and holding your dog's paws from the initial days you brought him to the house. To make inroads, allow the puppy to sniff the device on the first day Give it praise and treats. On the second day, touch it to each paw. Give your dog treats and also praise. On the third day, touch the nail clipper to its paw and squeeze to make a sound. Do not cut nails but make sure the dog hears the sound. Touch the clipper to the dog's nail on the fourth day. Give it praise and treats. Start by trimming small parts of the nail on the fifth day and move to bigger portions from then on.

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