Off from work today, I decided to drive to Petco in Paramus to see if they had good nail clippers for sale. I have been using the guillotine type of clippers on my dog's nails. It does the job except for the accidents---the bloody accidents when I cut too close to the quick/nerve. It's always a struggle. Fidelma knows what's going to happen very soon, and she starts pulling her leg away while I try to get a good shot at the nail. I wanted one with a guard on it and settled for an $8 clipper for small dogs. I tried it on my sweetie and it worked well except that I began to feel that the clipper was constructed very cheaply. So, I drove back to Petco to exchange the clipper for a more sturdy one.
This time, I got a more solid-feeling clipper for medium dogs . I thought that the size wouldn't be a problem; Fidelma is an 8-lb Chihuahua and hardly a medium sized dog. Overkill could mean a cleaner cut, I surmised. When I tried it on one of Fidelma's remaining long nails, it bled. Again, I managed to cut into the quick. Fidelma pays dearly for my mistakes. I am very sorry. The guard was too deep for a small dog's nail. There's the difference. I am back to square one again after spending $10 on this last one. I think I am going to donate this clipper to the shelter, and resume my search for the ultimate nail clipper. Take note of the sign outside the Petco building.