Using the Dremel tool to trim (file) dog nails.

GizmoMom, Yes, the long hair could get caught in the Dremel and usually they recommend trimming the hair first. I looked at the sanding block and if you like the way it feels when you hold it I would give it a try. I currently use a nail file that is 100 grit but also a Dremel with a 120 grit. I have a large dog with BIG tough nails so the Dremel gets the job done much faster. He prefers either to a clipper. One thing to be aware of when sanding is that heat can build up from the friction so I do a little and then move to the next nail. I just rotate through them until they are the way I want them.

A Dremel tool can be a very useful tool for pet grooming – specifically, trimming your dog’s nails.

Personally, I recommend a two-speed rotary version without cords, so you can start sanding in the beginning and then speed up for larger dog nails. Trust me, many years ago, I tried a corded dremel and practically strangled myself, so choose a cordless option—it’s worth the extra money.

How to Use a Dremel to Trim a Dog's Nails | The Daily Puppy

Other reasons people might use a Dremel tool for dog and pet nails might include: A Shed-less treatment is an anti-shedding treatment that can reduce shedding up to 80%. It includes special shampoo and conditioner and a few added steps of brushing and blowing out that increases the amount of hair removed during the process. Results vary for each dog. Our Shed-less baths include a dremel nails.

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Two of my dogs verge on massive panic attack when i try to clip their nails with a traditional clipper. It’s so bad that i can usually only get two nails actually cut and we all walk away traumatized. With a dremel it def takes longer, but they can endure the process with a little encouragement.

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Although the Multipro can obviously go much faster, and this is handy for other craft and tool projects, I do not go above the "2" setting on it. It's usually on the "1" or between it and the "2" setting. I would estimate this is somewhere around 5,000 to 7,500 rpms. If you use it much faster, the friction will be too great and it will get too hot for the dog's nails. If this happens, it will hurt the dog. Please note: there are other brands of grinders and similar tools. But, since I've never used them, I write from the perspective of my experience with the Dremel and its accessories only. A proper introduction to the Dremel is the most important step to grinding your dog's nails. If the dog's first experience is negative, then you will have a long way to go to having a dog that will permit you to grind the nails. If done right, then your dogs will just relax and enjoy the pedicure. Two of mine actually have fallen asleep while I was doing their nails. Keep in mind, you can introduce a Dremel to a dog at any age! Mine are all rescues and all have adapted to the use of a Dremel. (By the way, if the dog is new to you or to having its nails done, you should also "introduce" the dog to having its paws handled by you and then make a point to handling them daily. You can use the same methods I describe here and just adapt them to paw handling generally.) The abridged summary answer to this question is that it is more comfortable for the dog and you can get the nails shorter and smoother (which is nicer for you). This is actually a much more comfortable method of maintaining nails than clipping them because it does not pinch or hurt the quick. The quick is sensitive living flesh inside your dog's nail. With our large dogs, in order to cut through the hard shell nail, you must squeeze the nail between the clipper's two surfaces. If you use a guillotine style, then the nail is pushed hard against the immovable blunt metal while the blade cuts in from one side. If you use the scissors-style, then two blades squeeze in from either side of the nail. If you must clip, IMHO, this is the better method than the guillotine since it cuts from both sides and therefor squeezes a little less. However, neither is very good because when you squeeze in on the nail, you invariably must pinch down on the quick inside the nail. The harder the nail, the more the pressure you must apply. Thus, it can be very uncomfortable for the dog. Also, when clipping on dark nails, you are effectively cutting blind. In order to get the nails back, you keep doing a series of small clips and try not to hit the quick. As a result, you often stop short of where you could go, if you were using a Dremel. When done properly, there is no squeezing or pressure on the quick with the Dremel. Further, you can see "inside" the nail as you gradually grind back to the quick. So, you can judge when you're getting close to nicking it and stop in time. With the Dremel, you can also grind off all around the quick so that it recedes faster and you can get even shorter nails. The closer you can get to the quick, the more you can force it to recede and the more quickly it will recede. Finally, you can grind off all the corners and rough edges leaving nice soft nails that don't gouge nearly so much when your Dobes paw you for affection. For years, I preferred using nail clippers to trim dog nails, but I dreaded the freshly sharpened nail scratches as my dogs climbed onto my lap. So I gave in and decided to purchase a dremel rotary tool again to sand my dogs’ nails shorter. The dremel left my dogs’ nails round and sanded, meaning no more scratches. Boy, have rotary tools changed!