A dog's nails need to be clipped on a regular basis. Doing this chore at home can save you lots of time and money, but you'll need the right supplies. You'll have to clean and maintain those supplies. Learning how to sharpen dog nail clippers will save you from having to replace an old pair.
If you're looking for advice on sharpening dog nail clippers, you have probably clipped your pet's nails many times. If you need advice or tips on how to clip a dog's nails safely, check out these helpful resources:
- How To Cut Your Dog's Nails Correctly
- 6 Tips for Cutting Your Dog's Nails at Home
- How To Choose the Best Dog Nail Clippers
- How To Stop Dog Nail Bleeding
When you notice that the blades of your dog nail clippers are getting dull, you can easily sharpen them. Blunt clippers will pull on the nail instead of quickly slicing off the tip. Therefore, it's important to learn how to sharpen dog nail clippers to prevent injury to your pet.
How To Sharpen Dog Nail Clippers
Whether you have traditional scissor-style nail clippers or guillotine-style clippers, you'll sharpen the blades the same way. The only thing you'll need is a blade sharpening rod. I recommend this option from SHARPAL.
It's very important that you sharpen along the natural angle of the blade. If you go straight across the blade edge, you'll dull it. As you will see in my video guide above, you'll need to hold the sharpening rod at an angle and pull it across the blade edge.
Move the rod in one direction, and pull it toward your body. Pulling toward your body will allow you to keep more control over the sharpening rod. Slide the rod back and forth across the entire edge of the blade. You'll be able to see the sharp edge begin to return.
Wipe the blades clean after you've finished sharpening both sides. You should be able to use the nail clippers at least a dozen times before they'll need sharpening again. If you're unable to sharpen an even blade, it's time to get rid of your old clippers and replace them with a new pair.
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