Nail Trimmer??

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I'm looking at buying one of these nail trimmers at Wal-Mart tomorrow, but before I do, I'm just curious if anyone knows about these, or if there any good.  My wife and I don't really prefer clipping her nails by hand (unless it is recommended of course), would this thing work just as good or better?? See link below:

 http://www.walmart.com/ip/Oster-Animal-Care-Gentle-Paws-Premium-Nail-Trimmer-1pk-Dogs/14869820

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I would spend a little more and go to the hardware store and buy a real dremmel.  That way it is also a tool you can use around the house (and we have used it for things other than Harley's nails).  I bought the kind like that (Pedipaws) that are just for dogs and it didn't have enough power for Harley's nail.... it literally stopped every time I put his nail to it.

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Thanks HarleyBear!  I think I need one with maybe a little more power?  Rather than battery operated, maybe electric instead?  Check out this link, this one probably has much more power I assume?

 

 http://www.amazon.com/Oster-78129-650-Pet-Nail-Grinder/dp/B0002DHH42

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I got our dremmel from the Home Depot here in MX.. it is battery operated and that's nice as no one gets caught up in the electrical cord.. It comes with different heads to pop on that whirly thing and although I've only used it on Sofia's nails. I'm sure it will come in handy for something else.. .. someday.. maybe

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We have one of the pedi paws for the min pin and he hates the sound.  It takes 2 of us to hold him and do the nails. I didn't think it would be powerful enough for Daymian's big Doberman nails. Thanks for the dremmel tool tip.  I usually just break down and pay the price for someone else to do it.  I have been such a chicken about nail trimming since my first B/T female.  On the 1st vet visit, he warned me that she had very long black quicks under her nail and to be extra careful when trimming.  As a result I was always afraid I would hurt her.  They were hard to see.  We haven't tried to do Daymian's nails yet.

That might be something to try this weekend too.  Wish me luck.  Maybe if Daymian is good for nail trims, the mni pin may settle down.  

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Lady Kate:  do you have something like this??  They carry these at Home Depot here in Florida as well, it's only $24.99, and I imagine it would be much more powerful than the smaller one from Walmart.  Let me know!

 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003TU0XFU/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_2?pf_rd_p=486539851&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B0002DHH42&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=1CW58VKKFASEV5ZGPP9T&tag=acleint-20

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I used the pedi paws on the collie I had, his nails were hard and black - the thing with the pedi paws is that it is very sensitive to the touch of the nail, it stops because there is a built in safety when too much pressure is being applied. The nail should just barely touch the sandpaper it is not something that you push the nail into - it works on the idea of holding the nail still and then bringing the pedi paw to the nail and keeping it far enough away so it rotates gently. It has that built in safety measure so that the nail would not be pushed into the rotation and go too deep into the nail resulting in bleeding. It does take a very gentle approach for it to work properly. I did the same thing I thought "this dang thing is not working" but then I realized I was applying too much pressure to the nail and at times I didn't have the nail angled right. Once I got the hang of it Goofy slept through the whole process, the chihuahua will have none of it cause it creates a vibration that the little dogs can't stand. I use the pedi paws on Ben's rottie nails without any trouble too.

I wouldn't give up on the pedi paws, and I would be VERY careful with a dremel tool that does not have a built in safety for a living nail that can bleed out. If you use a dremel tool without the built in dog safety stops, be sure to have the "stop" bleed powders handy till you figure out the method.

To start with you dont need the expensive model or a corded dremmel. I dremmel a lot of nails a week and the cheap battery operated ones from Wallmart are just fine to begin with. I used to buy one a year, mind you I do a lot of nails! It wasn't until just recently that I purchased an actual dremmel and I love it!

The important thing about doing nails is you research the proper way to do it to begin with. With the dremel i just bought there is no way that I would turn that up on high and dremmel the nails, it is way to loud and gets way to hot. BTW it is a rechargeable battery pack one also. I used to have an older oster brand that I purchased through a magazine I think dr. foster and smith. That thing was terrible got way to hot and was extremely loud. I think an important feature when looking for a dremmel is one that you can adjust the speed.

Here is a great link for future reference with photos and info on all the how to questions you may have regarding dremmeling. http://homepages.udayton.edu/~jmerenski1/doberdawn/dremel/dremel.html

Anyone can tell when they are close to the quick when dremmeling. I think it is far more easy to catch the quick when using the old school tools of nail trimming versus the dremmel. As you dremmel you can see and feel when you are close to the quick.

Good luck and happy dremmeling

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I used to have normal clippers and ended up being too scared to use them! 

Got the pedi paw and was upset about the noise and that I ran through batteries and bits way too fast.

When I got into making my own backgrounds for our Snake Tank, the Hubby got me a Dremel and I never looked back! 

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Dremmel works for us - Cleo doesn't mind it at all :)

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Well... here goes...Y'all are getting a 'sneak peek' at Chapter Four:

The Life and Times of a DoberDiva

Katie O’Brian-Robles

Chapter Four

Diva Meets Dremel

 

I can do this! I can Dremel. I decided.

After taking Sofia to and from the groomers every week, traveling forty-five minutes, paying two tolls plus stopping at a military check point that entails questions and answers as to why I’ve got a deer in the back seat, the time had come to do the dremmeling myself.

I purchased the machine from the local hardware store, read the instructions on the packaging and studied an educational video re: the care of the dear Doberpaws, and now I was ready.

“Okay Sofia it’s time for a mani-pedi” I said as I approached the snoozing Diva on the sofa.

She lifted her left brow, and rolled her right eye and immediately folded her legs under her, hiding the paws in question.

She looked like a meatloaf.

 
Not letting this dissuade me from the task at hand, I let her sniff the Dremel and listen to the drone.

While gently but firmly taking her hind paw in one hand, I proceeded to gently but firmly remove her front paw from my face. Moving a little closer to her, she managed to wedge herself between me and the back of the sofa and started making sounds akin to a wounded Rhino. I was not about to give up. Lightly placing the whirling tip to the frantically jerking hind paw and bobbing my head to avoid being Dober-frenched, we struggled and I got one nail done. Phew. One down, seventeen more to go.

Arching her back against the back of the sofa, she stiff- legged all four limbs and pushed with all her might. It was not a pretty sight as I sprawled to the floor and spit out bits of nail shavings, fur and something that resembled one of my own fingernails.

Dusting myself off, tucking an errant curl behind my ear and re-rolling up my sleeves, I proceeded to climb back up beside her, and give her a good talking to (I had read Chapter Two of one of Cesar’s books “You Must be the Alpha”). So this was my chance. Looking her straight in her tightly closed eyes, I started to explain to her why it was important that we keep her nails trimmed, that I was being very gentle and this did not hurt, and if she was a good girl, she might get a treat at the end of the procedure.

All she heard was “lalalala TREAT!!”

I've never seen a python, not in person, but I promise you Sofia has just as many moves! She wrapped her head and neck around mine, tugging it down till I was nestled somewhere in the vicinity of her belly. My glasses fell off and got filed down to a micro chip by the whining menace. My hair got caught in the whirling swirly tip, securing it firmly to my scalp. “Yowch” I bellowed, “Snarf” muttered the Diva as she escaped the confines of the sofa making a bee line to the treat drawer.

So maybe, just maybe, the forty five minute drive to the groomer every week will give us more time to bond. Maybe the military guys will get to know us on a first name basis and maybe, just maybe, the hardware store will give me a refund on the “gently used” Dremel.

I use a variable speed electric dremel from sears with a course grit (60 grit) sandpaper round. I start them on low, but generally move up pretty quick to a faster speed.

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Yup, our dremmel from the hardware store has variable speeds and is corded, which depending on the dog we use at different speeds.  I have never once hit the quick with it, but I never have it on the nail longer than 2-3 seconds at a time.  I move from one nail to the next, back and forth, checking for the quick (which you can see, it looks like a tear drop shape under the nail and is a different consistency than the rest of the nail).  I hold the individual nail steady with my hand while my husband feeds treats.  We are dremmeling a lot more consistently now a days because we have wood floors and I don't want the dogs scratching up the floors.  So when I hear *click click click* I know it is time to bring out the dremmel.

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Lady Kate, I laughed til I had little tears of joy running down my cheeks.  You are a writer!  And the tears of joy are for the fact that you sound like me.  If a simple procedure can end up with a dremmel tool stuck in your hair, you live a life like mine.  I am not alone.  At last some one I can laugh with.  My last episode with the pedi paws and I had a fingernail that would be perfect for removing price stickers from round objects.  I had in inward curve on my nail instead of an outward curve.   Thank goodness I missed my hair. Mi think it would curl it much too tight for my liking.

Love the deer in the back seat comment too.  I have always said a Doberman reminds me of a deer.

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Dremmel's make it soooo much eaiser....Start them young so they are used to it.