Inexpensive Dog Clippers?

I have a small, long haired dog who is in bad need of a haircut. I have looked around at the dog clippers sold in stores and it is cheaper to go to the dog salon. Does anyone know if you can use the "people" clippers on a pup? Has anyone ever tried it?

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August 18, 20110 found this helpful

Four years ago my shephard/keeshound mix ran off on the 4th of July scared from the fireworks. When he came back home the following morning, he was covered from nose to tail with stick-tights or cockle-burs. I tried using my regular people clippers on him but they dulled quickly because of the two layers of fur he had. My husband quickly went to Wal-mart and purchased a set of Wahl pet clippers. It seemed expensive at the time ($30), but four years later they have stayed rather sharp. Since at the time we lived in Texas during a rather hot summer, we noticed he had more spring in his step. He felt so much cooler. We began shaving him about 3 times each summer since then to keep him cool.

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So I would advise making the purchase for a set of pet clippers rather than people clippers.

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August 19, 20110 found this helpful

I agree with brandy, pet clippers are a much better investment, human clippers burn out much quicker, and the blades don't stand up to either. I actually use them on my sons hair, they have very coarse hair, been 5 years and still going strong.

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August 22, 20110 found this helpful

Hello,
Why don't you have your fur-baby groomed and stay and watch the groomer. Then, you can go buy clippers especially made for trimming dogs. If you watch your groomer she can teach you a few tricks to help you do it at home. Good luck.

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August 22, 20110 found this helpful

Invest in the best dog (not human) clippers you can possibly afford. I bought Oster clippers about 10 years ago and the clippers are still going strong. Never had a problem with them and they are excellent clippers. They did cost me $150 but divide that by 10 years and it comes out to $15 per year.

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I have tried people clippers and they do not work well on animals.

You might want to check out www.petedge.com. They do offer pet supplies for a better price than the stores. I have been shopping from them for years. They are an excellent company to deal with and returning a product is never a problem. Don't forget to ask for a catalog. I did buy my Oster clippers them too.

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August 23, 20110 found this helpful

On "Animal Cops", on the Animal Channel, the vets use the buzz clippers to cut long matted hair.

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August 23, 20110 found this helpful

People clippers overheat and stop cutting. They are not meant for dog fur. You need to bite the bullet here I am afraid.

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August 23, 20110 found this helpful

Thanks for all the advice. I did bite the bullet, and bought dog clippers. Now if I can get her used to them, I'll be doing good.

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Thanks to everyone.

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