Mauja and Atka often suffer from something which we affectionately call, “grinch feet”. Don’t worry, their feet don’t turn green, but the fur around their feet grows and grows until you really don’t have a distinguishable paw: grinch feet.
Now, I have no delusions about my grooming ability. I can bathe, brush, and remove tangles/mats from the fluffies. I can clean their ears, brush their teeth, and trim their nails. This saves us a LOT of money on professional grooming since it allows us to only get them groomed a few times per year. The groomer handles the grinch feet for me. I avoid clumsily poking their toes with scissors. Score.
The problem is that their feet need to be trimmed more frequently than they have grooming appointments. Their long paw fur looks silly, but it also makes it a bit uncomfortable for them. They require adequate amounts of fur between their toes to protect them from the elements, but they need to be trimmed enough so that they aren’t slipping around on wood floors. Trimmed paws also helps to prevent snowballs from forming in their fur when they stubbornly stay outside in the cold.
It was time for me to learn some basic paw trimming techniques.
Start with High-Quality Scissors
I’ll admit – I had no idea where to even begin in the search for trimming scissors, which is partially why I have put off learning for so long. I knew I couldn’t use the scissors I had in my kitchen, but I wasn’t sure what to look for. Cue the Amazon search for “dog grooming scissors” and a few hours spent combing through reviews to figure out which would meet our needs. We decided to go with the Chibuy Professional Pet Grooming Scissors. Here’s why.
What to look for in pet grooming scissors
While researching grooming scissors to tackle the pyr paws, there were a few features I knew I wanted.
- Safety rounded tip – No worries about poking them if you slip (super important for a novice “groomer”, such as myself—or if you have flinchy pups).
- Non-slip ergonomic wave handle – Adds extra comfort when trimming and helps to avoid slip ups. Plus, I have 16 paws to trim. That had fatigue sets in quickly!
- Non-slip rubber padded eye rings – The padded rings also helped to add extra comfort when trimming their feet. See previous comment about hand fatigue 😉
- Micro-serrated stainless steel blades – These blades are absolutely amazing. They cut the fur so perfectly and without error. It also helps prevent the bowl cut look on their paws.
- Easy to handle size – I wanted scissors that were long enough to make a clean cut, but short enough to allow for control.
The floors still go to their groomer several times a year for a better grooming, but I’m glad to be able to keep their paws trimmed on my own. Now that Mauja and Atka are seniors, keeping their paws trimmed helps prevent them from slipping on our hardwood floors.