Human nail clippers can be used to clip your pup’s nails, but it becomes much more difficult to do this effectively as they grow. Your adult dog’s nails will likely need to be clipped with a special tool.
There are alternatives to using nail clippers to trim your dog’s nails, including nail files and Dremel tools. Dogs that are active outside and are often on hard terrain or able to dig often do not need to trim their nails as often as dogs that are not exercised.
Dangers of Nail Clipping in Dogs
Even if you have a very small pet, metal emery boards and nail files designed for humans are not strong enough to even use a dog’s nails to file.
Long nails can turn a healthy paw into a splayed foot and reduce traction, and over time can lead to deformed feet and tendon injuries. When the long nail hits the ground, the pressure exerts force on the foot and leg structure.
It’s quiet and less likely to startle a dog than the hum of the grinder. It’s faster, so the process is fast. This works best if you have a dog that doesn’t sit still for long.