To have or not to have ;-) is the eternal question regarding the nail guard. For many professionals including vets, groomers and people who are confident clipping pets nails this device can get in the way, and does add a bit of bulk to the clippers. We designed this guard so it could be turned to one side if not needed or in fact easily removed and we have put a video up on YouTube showing you how to do this ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHPgMnUVuw
But 95% of our customers ( and we have sold thousands of these clippers ) prefer the guard as it helps give them peace of mind they are not going to cut too much nail off and helps them place the clippers securely against the nail on a wriggly dog ;-). This is the reason we actually designed these nail cutters with the removable guard in place.
Regarding the left and right handed issues we have tested these extensively among our clients and fellow vets both left and right handed and no one has found them hard to use in our testing. In Testing The Professional Dog Nail Clippers Were Used By Left and Right Handed People
If you would like to mail us through Amazon or via the website at simplypetsonline.net we will happily replace or refund these clippers for you and in fact we can remove the guard before shipping if you would prefer a pair without the guard in place. We are also happy to have a chat over the phone on using the clippers in practice.
We really like all our customers to be totally happy with the purchase and are very glad to stand by our 100% guarantee if you find them hard or difficult to use.
Paul Simply Pets Online