Shih Tzu nail supplies should be part of your grooming toolbox. 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.
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
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.
The following Shih Tzu nail supplies can be purchased directly from this site and represent items that I currently own/use or have used in the past.
They have worked well for me and my many dogs, but every dog is different and what works well for one person may not be appropriate for another.
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OK, so maybe I'm partial to pink, but my works great on my adult dogs and is easy to use anywhere since it is cordless.
Some dogs do not like the feel of the vibrations, so if your dog is skittish about the grinder, let him hear the sound and then touch his skin gently and quickly with the grinder just to have him feel the sensation.
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.
For more information on clipping nails, please visit our page on
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.
Even though the product may say one coat coverage, you are likely to need more than one coat.
Some dogs are allergenic, so if your dog looks distressed, coughs, sneezes, etc., it might be safer to keep her in the "all natural look." It is not worth keeping in your Shih Tzu nail supplies box if your dog hates the thought of polish.
The bottled polishes work better than the pens.
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