The American Humane Association estimates that the dog population in the United States lies between 70 and 78 million with an average of 1.6 to 1.7 per household. Contrary to popular belief, dogs suffer the same diseases as humans such as obesity, diabetes and cancer – cancer being the highest cause of death.
The most common causes of veterinary visits are associated with dog grooming and hygiene such as ear infections, allergies, skins infections and growths. Hair/fur trimming is an important part of the grooming process and should begin from the early years as a puppy.
If you wait too long, the dog may not be so agreeable to your efforts during grooming, especially when it comes to tasks that involve clipping.
If you have a dog with plenty of hair, the grooming sessions may be more intense and time consuming. However, even dogs with short hair require the routine hair/fur clipping. Routine clipping ensures the early detection of any abnormalities such as the presence of ticks, fleas or skin conditions like inflammation, rash and patches. It also keeps your dog clean and matte free.
An article by bestinshowgrooming.com found that matted hair is actually very dangerous for your dog and many professionals will consider your dog a liability and refuse service. This is because they would need to do a very close shave that can result in severe skin irritation or a burn.
They also stated that some dogs have had to be referred to a veterinarian for sedation prior to a shave.
It is important to note that despite dog hair looking soft, it is actually very thick and as a result, clipper blades become dull over time and require sharpening in order to result in a clean, uniform shave.
In the section below, I will outline the steps you should take when sharpening your dog clippers at home.
This will be more cost effective than having to buy new ones every now and then when they get blunt.
How to Sharpen Dog Clipper Blades – Step by Step Guide
Step 1: unscrewing the blades from the clipper
Step 2: Cleaning the blades
Step 3: Sharpen the blades
There are three things you can use for this step;
Step 4: Putting the pieces back together
How often you need to sharpen your blades depends on how often you use them and for how long. I have a Chihuahua and therefore only use my clippers for a few minutes when grooming, therefore I only sharpen my clipper blades every six months.
Those with larger dogs or with more fur may need to adjust this frequency. For groomers who use their clippers every day, they may need to sharpen every month.
Remember that proper cleaning and maintenance will extend the life of your clipper blades. I do a quick clean after I shaved my dog by removing excess hair. I also apply oil, which came with my clippers when I bought them. I then store them in their case until the next use.
Enjoy keeping man’s best friend clean, healthy and happy!