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dog having nails trimmed

Recommended Nail Care Products for Dogs

Nail Clippers

Choose nail clippers that are the right size for your dog's nails. For very small dogs or puppies, you can use cat nail clippers or even human nail clippers. "Guillotine" style nail clippers are not recommended as they tend to smash the nail and they don't work as well on thick nails.

Once you've decided on a preferred clipping tool, then learn how to get your dog used to nail trims.

Millers Forge Dog Nail Clippers
millers forge dog nail clippers

Coastal Pet Dog Nail Trimmers

Nail Clippers for Small Dogs
nail clippers for small dogs

Ideal for small dog breeds and puppies

PrettyClaw Nail Clippers
Nail clippers for puppies

Human toe nail trimmers work great for puppies and small dogs and are nice and quiet.

Nail Grinders

Dremel PawControl Dog Nail Grinder and Trimmer
dremel nail grinder

Bonve Pet Super Quiet Nail Grinder
bonve pet quiet nail grinder

Coastal Diamond Pet Nail File
coastal pet nail file

Nail Scratch Boards

Training a dog to use a nail scratch board can be a less stressful way to help them shorten their nails if they are frightened or overwhelmed during regular nail trims. As you'll see from the video below, it was quick and easy to teach the Preventive Vet pups.

M-Shaped Dog Scratch Board
LavIntry Mshaped Dog Scratch Board

FearNotNails Extra-Large Nail Scratch Board
fearnotnails extra large scratch board

If You Cut Your Dog's Nails Too Short

The products below help control the bleeding if you accidentally hit the quick, making them must-haves for your dog's first-aid kit. In a pinch, though, you can also use cornstarch. Press the powder or cornstarch onto the nail and hold for a few minutes to stop the nail from bleeding.

Kwik Stop Styptic Powder
styptic powder for dog nail trimming to stop the bleeding

ClotIt Veterinary Blood-Stopping Powder
veterinary blood clotting powder for dogs