Shih Tzu nail supplies should be part of your grooming toolbox, even if you use a professional groomer. Why, you might ask?
by Janice Jones |Last Updated 02-18-2020
Nails grow fast and even though you plan to use a professional groomer, your Tzu's nails will need to be clipped between sessions.
There is also the possibility that your Shih Tzu could damage or break one of his nails and a clipper or file will often alleviate the costly trip to the vet. Don't worry, this is a short list and should not break the bank.
Clip your dog's nails about every 2 to 3 weeks to keep them short and manageable.
The most important of all the Shih Tzu nail supplies is the nail clipper. Dog nail clippers are used to keep the dogs nails at the right length.
For puppy nails, a small human nail clipper works well. You can also use a nail clipper designed for a cat. It won't be long before you will need a regular dog nail clipper as little nails tend to grow rapidly.
For adult dog nails you will need to purchase a nail trimmer, either a guillotine type or the scissor type.
The Guillotine type of nail clipper has been around the longest and has a sharp cutter that normally doesn't splinter the nail. The nail is placed between the blades in a circle area and then the nail is cut when you squeeze the handles together.
The Scissor type nail clipper works very much like a
scissor. Some of them have guards so you do not clip too close. To use
the scissor type nail clipper, position the clipper blade where you
want to cut and squeeze the handle, just as if you were using a pair of
Puppies nails can be clipped with a human toe nail clipper, but be sure the clipper is very sharp. Dull blades will not cut completely and can splinter the nail.
For smoother nail clipping, You might also want to get a regular metal nail file to go over the nail after you have clipped it.
The metal file soothes any ragged edges left by the nail clipper so you don't get scratched by freshly clipped nails.
A nail grinder similar to the ones used by manicurists works well on adult nails to smooth out rough edges. Some dogs will tolerate these better than nail clippers.
If you have more than one dog, a dog nail file grinder is going to wear out quickly. SOLUTION? Use a Dremel type tool. You end up saving money and the tool can be put to all kinds of uses in addition to doing a really good pedicure job.
Hopefully this is one of those Shih Tzu nail supplies you will never need to use. But, you should still keep some in your Shih Tzu Grooming Supplies Toolbox, if you accidentally cut into the quick of the nail, making it bleed.
You might prefer silver nitrate sticks for clotting any bleeding that occurs when you clip to short. You may never use it but if you do, you'll be glad you have it handy.
I admit, I personally do not have any nail polish in my personal Shih Tzu Grooming Supplies Toolbox, but some people do and love it. This is one of the fun things you can do with a cooperative Tzu and it will get you attention when you are out and about.