Cutting your dog’s nails should be an integral part of its grooming routine. Thankfully, it’s not that hard of a process thanks to dog nail clippers, which are a dime a dozen these days.
The problem with clipper blades is that, like any other sharp tool, they can get dull, which can make trimming your pooch’s nails a pain in the neck for both of you.
Worry not, though, as clippers can be sharpened, and the process shouldn’t take you that long to follow.
How To Sharpen Dog Nail Clippers
First, here’s what you’re going to need to get the job done:
- A blade sharpener. The exact material will depend on the kind of clippers you have.
- A clean cloth to clean the blades before honing them.
- The clippers that you need to sharpen.
Did you get all the tools? Great! Now let’s proceed with the actual process.
- Before starting to sharpen the blade, you need to dismantle the clippers. These tools aren’t that complicated in their making, so the disassembly shouldn’t be that hard. If your dog nail clipper has actuating lever design, you need to remove the lever before doing anything. To do, press both sections of the clippers close to each other, and the lever will be removed easily. After that, you can separate the clipper blades.
- Once dismantled, remove the blades and clean them. You need to get rid of any dust, nails, or dead skin that may have stuck and that may get in the way while you’re honing the blades.
- Next, get the sharpener. A sharpener can be anything that – you guessed it – can sharpen a blade, be it a grinding stone, diamond tapered rod, or ceramic rod. There are also some sharpeners that are specially designed for dog nail clippers, which are tiny in size and won’t put any burden on your wallet.
- Place the sharpener on the blade while following the angle of its curve, which should be around 35 to 45 degrees, then slide it towards you. Repeat the process for the entire edge.
- The clipper blade has a curved side and a flat one. When it’s time for some sharpening, you need to follow the direction of the natural curve of the blade. The flat side shouldn’t get in touch with the sharpener, or you risk ruining the entire blade. Follow the curve, and you’ll be fine. Do it too flat, and you’ll end up with a dull blade.
- Once you finish sharpening the blade, use a clean cloth to wipe up the residue. Then, put the blades back in place and reassemble the clippers. You can also lubricate the blades using oil to make them smoother.
If you feel that you can’t take care of the sharpening process yourself, you can get the clippers to a local knife store, where a professional can get it done for you.
You also need to keep in mind that sharpening can only keep your blades honed for so long, so be prepared to get new clippers if your old ones prove to be too dull to hone.
If not, getting a dog nail grinder can be a great alternative too.