Guillotine Style – this is the most common type of nail trimmer. It is especially popular for smaller dogs, as it is extremely simple to use. With this trimmer the nail is inserted into the small metal hole, and the handle is squeezed. The blade slides across the hole, trimming off the excess nail. The downside with these trimmers, is that the blade does need to be replaced with use. Additionally, it does not have the force to trim a large dog’s toenails.
Miller’s Forge Trimmers – These clippers are favored for small- and medium- sized dogs. They look a lot like scissors, except that the blades have semicircular indentations. When you open the blades, the indentations creates a small hole for inserting the nail. This configuration allows for more force, and also creates a system where the blades do not have to be replaced. However, this scissor-like handles may be harder to use for people with arthritis.
Large Dog Trimmers – These nail clippers are identical to the Miller’s Forge Trimmers. They are simply thicker and stronger to cleanly clip large dogs stronger nails. This makes them clumsy for use on smaller dogs.
Rotary/ Powered Trimmers – These systems use a small, rotating bit of sandpaper that can be used to file down your pet’s nails. the nice thing about this system is that it does not leave as jagged of edges and you can move slowly, incrementally, to make sure you don’t accidentally cut the quick.