(Closed) Nail grinding for pets?

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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2006 posts
Buzzing bee

I take my dog to Petsmart to get his nails clipped. I’ve paid extra for the grinding process but it honestly doesn’t seem to make that much of a difference.

Post # 4
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1093 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: Private home

I’m trying to convince my hubby to buy a pedipaw so we can do the dog’s nails at home rather than paying tohave the nice folks at Petsmart do it!

I can’t say it’s a huge difference, but you don’t have the sharp edges left from clipping and for the first day or so that is a huge relief.

Post # 5
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636 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

We do the grinding at Petsmart.  I think it leaves the nails much smoother than clipping.  I always thought his nails were so much sharper after a clipping! 

Post # 7
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651 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

i don’t grind them myself, because she really hates having her nails/paws touched and I don’t want her to associate that with me.  I’d rather her hate the petsmart people!  Anyway, I like that the grinding keeps them from having sharp edges.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

I clip both of my cat’s paws and my sister clips both my dad’s and her dog’s paws.  My dad’s dog doesn’t like it b/c she’s a bit more wild than my sister’s dog, so my sister has to kind of lay/lean of top of her to do it, I don’t think it would be different if she were to nail grind instead.  We’re both very careful with their paws.

Post # 9
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7772 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Pedipaws works well.  I have a pet clipper, then I make them shorter with the pedipaws.

Post # 10
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1093 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: Private home

@ttn133: Thanks for the heads up!  my hubby already has a dremmel tool so if it’s buying another attachments he’ll be all for it!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

I wouldn’t be too hard on your dog’s previous owners, a lot of dogs can’t stand having their nails trimmed or ground, even with the best patience and training. Our dog loathes it but it gets the job done. FI holds him while I do the grinding. It’s a lot better than clippers because it doesn’t squeeze the nail like clippers do, and it’s a lot less likely to result in accidental shearing of the quick (ouch). 

Frequent, long walks on concrete sidewalks will help your dog’s claws stay worn down longer in between grindings.

Our grinder works like a miracle on our cat’s claws too, by the way. Cat claws are so tiny compared to thick dog claws, so by comparison it takes no time at all. I’m used to immobilizing my cat from when we’ve had to give him pills, so it’s not really bad at all, and it keeps our furniture safe. 

Post # 12
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3295 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

i use the pedi paws too… basically theyre all the same concept… my fi and i have to do both our dogs together because if they see whats going on they freak out… so one of us hold them and keeps their head looking away and the other one grinds… and then they get treats so now they are very good and it doesnt take but 10 minutes for both of em 🙂 we have wood floors so its pretty much a must, otherwise wed have scratches all over!

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Post # 13
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Bee Keeper

We bought a pedipaw, but my dog hates it.  So do the cats.  I think unless you actively work with your dog when they’re a puppy, they will grow up not wanting you to touch their feet.  So your dog may not have been abused, maybe his owner just never touched his feet when he was a puppy?  Our dog accepts us clipping his nails, but still doesn’t like it.  And we worked with him since he was 8 weeks!

Post # 14
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1093 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: Private home

@MightySapphire:  Very good point!  Some dogs just don’t like it!  (I mean, I doubt they like having their ears cleaned either, but that has to get done too!)

Post # 15
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3219 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I heard bad things about the pedi paws thing. We bought a dremel but she tries to lick it so we cant use it. Our vet does nail cutting for free ANYTIME and we live about 10 houses down from the vet so that works pretty well for us!

Post # 16
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3526 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We use the dremel as well. When we just adopted her we tried the nail clipper but it doesn’t work because she has those super thick nails. If that makes sense? So we tried the dremel because his parents do that will all three of their Shelties. It’s a double team effort because FI would hold her while I use the dremel. She REALLY hated it when we just started, I think it’s mainly the noise. She still doesn’t like but she’s much better about it now (3 years later!) and just kinda hides her face behind FI’s neck while we do it. Hahha.

For the thickness of her paws it’s definitely much easier than a clipper.

I say if you’re going to get a Pedipaw just get a dremel, it does the same exact thing and you can use it for house stuff too. Hahha.

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