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Old 05-16-2008, 06:01 PM
 
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Help!

I've been using the normal regular nail cutting tool on my two Goldens.
I would like to change over to the nail grinder instead. I've narrowed down
to two searches:

Ergonomic (http://www.jefferspet.com/ssc/product.asp?CID=0&mscssid=LL5ULJQF30S59HXQ8U92SNVL 0M0XAG8E - broken link) for $45.00 at Jeffers

Nail Grinder Kit by Oster for $60.00 at Petsmart


Which would be the best way to go? Are the grinders better to use on dogs nails than the metal clippers?

Thanks!
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Old 05-16-2008, 09:52 PM
 
Location: Deep in the Heart of Texas
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Yes, the grinders are better if your dog will tolerate the vibration. Hold the nail securely and be sure to move toe hair out of the way so it doesn't get caught around the mandrel of the grinder and get yanked out.

I use a cordless Dremel. Either of the grinders you found will work.

Compared with a traditional clipper, a grinder will help you more easily judge the proper length to trim the nail and reduce the chance of quicking in black nails. You just look for the white spot and stop.

Here's a very good article on how to grind nails. The photos aren't great but you'll get the idea.

How to Dremel Dog Nails @ DoberDawn.com (http://homepages.udayton.edu/~merensjp/doberdawn/dremel/dremel.html - broken link)
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Old 05-17-2008, 07:20 AM
 
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The biggest problem is going to be the noise fear factor unless they have had it done since they were young. My SIL uses the dremel for his GS and has for years, but the GS still don't like it.
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Old 05-17-2008, 07:29 PM
 
Location: Deep in the Heart of Texas
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It's true that the noise can be scary for some dogs. I deal mostly with poodles so they are used to the sound of clippers and transitioning them to the noise of a Dremel is not too hard. Nevertheless, when I have a foster dog and grind their nails I generally have to go through a desensitization period with them to help them get used to the grinder. I start very slowly, just turning it on and giving them a treat to help them understand grinder=good things!
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Old 05-17-2008, 10:42 PM
 
Location: West Virginia
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I am not sure I am spelling this right but on the TV lately they have been advertising a nail trimmer call PETACURE..it looks safer to me than a grinder. Any one know what I am talking about? Has anyone used it Or know anyone that does?

Peticure dog grooming supplies, dog nail clippers, dog nail care, peticure pamper your pet
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Old 05-17-2008, 10:49 PM
 
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Haven't tried it but here's the link (hopefully it's not considered advertising, I have no connection to them and don't even own a peticure)

Peticure dog grooming supplies, dog nail clippers, dog nail care, peticure pamper your pet

WOuld also love to hear feedback on it.
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Old 05-18-2008, 04:11 AM
 
Location: The Great State of Arkansas
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I closed a thread on this recently due to consumer complaints, but the info is there...I thought it looked pretty wonderful too.

Peticure?? nail trimming
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Old 05-18-2008, 11:11 AM
 
Location: West Virginia
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OH how disappointing! [read other thread]
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Old 05-19-2008, 02:53 AM
 
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I really appreciate all of your feedback. I will read more on the Peticure thread
when I get home from work.
Thank you!
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Old 05-19-2008, 02:28 PM
 
Location: Utah
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Thanks for the information....and for saving me $30 and a lot of frustration with this product.
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