Epica manufactures a professional set of Pet Nail Clippers that are great for the at-home nail clipping of both cats and dogs. They have, as pictured below, red and black handles and a tough, stainless steel set of shears. The stainless steel is high grade and promises a precise and easy cut. These blades are made to last, and will not rust, bend, or become easily damaged. The Epica Pet Nail Clippers have rubber, ribbed edges, so that your fingers won't slip while you are gripping them. They also have a safety edge to prevent "over-cutting" of your pet's nails, as well as a lock for safe storage. The lock will prevent the nail clippers from opening, and will prevent you from cutting yourself when you take them out of a drawer.
While the nail clippers are not ideal for every type of dog or cat, they are spaced to fit most medium and large breeds. The company states that the nail clippers will work well with the following types of breeds: collies, bulldogs, sheepdogs, spaniels, German shepherds, golden retrievers, rottweilers, dalmatians, great Danes and Irish setters.
One reason that I do not like to bring my dog certain places to get his nails trimmed is because it can be a traumatizing experience. He is very sensitive about who touches his paws, tail, or ears. He is also very smart, which means he catches on quickly when you are about to do anything that he does not approve of (whether it be nail clipping, brushing, bathing, putting ear drops in, etc). Icarus is not generally ill-tempered, but he will start to growl and snap if you try to hold him in place to do any of these things. When I took him to Pet Supplies Plus to get his nails trimmed, he became scared the second we placed him on the metal table. The lady came at him harshly and he started to pull away and growl. Instead of asserting dominance and holding him firmly, she strung him up in some kind of harness contraption, put a muzzle on him, and yanked him up in the air off of the table. He was so scared that he began shaking and even peed and pooped on the table. This happened when he was young, so every time he sees nail clippers, he gets nervous. We have found that it is better to take him to the vet to clip his nails, but even that isn't a guarantee; one time they cut too far into his nail and he started to bleed. Although we still go to the vet for this service, I would much prefer to do it at home myself, where I can comfort him and where it doesn't cost.
Epica Professional Pet Nail Clippers retail for $9.95 on Amazon, plus shipping. The amount of money that I would pay for the Epica Professional Pet Nail Clippers would be the cost of one nail trimming appointment...so after that, the nail clippers would pay for themselves. If you get your pet's nails done professionally, consider how much money you could save in a year by purchasing a quality pair of pet nail clippers, such as the ones that Epica sells.
The Epica Pet Nail Clippers have some useful tips for trimming your pet's nails on the back of the package. They are as follows:
- Trim your pet's nails every four to six weeks
- DO NOT trim the nails past the safety edge to prevent injury
- Use a nail file to smooth out rough edges
- Allow your pet to get used to the nail clippers prior to using for the first time
- If nails are too long, trim in stages to avoid over-clipping
The nail clippers also contain the following instructions, so that you can make sure you are trimming your pet's nails in the correct way. If not, you could harm them by creating wounds or even infection!
- Allow pet to get used to the nail clippers by setting it next to or by your pet prior to use
- If possible, have someone securely hold the pet
- Place the nail clipper over the nail up to BUT NOT over the safety edge
- Quickly squeeze the handle to make a clean cut of the nail
- Promptly move to the next nail
- Once complete, use a nail file to smooth out rough edges
- Reward your pet for a job well done with a treat!
I received the Epica Pet Nail Clippers to review, so that I could share my opinion with you. I was going to use them on my dog, but he wasn't being cooperative and I never would have gotten any pictures to show you. My mom asked my neighbor if she would mind if we tried them on one of her labs. She didn't mind at all, and her dogs are more inclined to sit still for pictures. As you can see from the photos below, my neighbor was able to clip her yellow lab's nails relatively easily with the Epica Professional Pet Nail Clippers. This saved her a trip to one of the local pet stores, and some money! The Nail Clippers worked really well - they were easy to handle and they clipped the dog's nails down nicely. The blades were obviously very sharp and the clippers are made of high quality material. It was easiest to come from behind the dog in a "hugging" position in order to use the clippers. We all recommend the Epica Professional Pet Nail Clippers.
Although Epica does not have a website, they do have an Amazon listing for the Professional Pet Nail Clippers. If you would like to learn more about them, or to purchase them, you can visit that link here.
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