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Everything you need to know about dog grinders – Collar & Harness

What is a dog nail grinder?

A dog nail is a rotary tool that is used for grinding and trimming your pet’s nails safely and economically. However, many dog lovers agree that it’s more than just a nail trimmer. It is a tool that will improve the quality of life for your pet. Since this a nail trimmer that grinds the nail instead of cutting it, you have a lot more control over how much nail you remove, which eliminates the possibility of injuring your pet.

Thanks to a nail grinder’s safety features and hassle-free experience, your pet will feel much more secure and confident whenever you are ready to cut their claws. This means less stress for both you and your dog.

The benefits of using a dog nail grinder

If this is the first time you’ve heard of a dog nail grinder, understanding the benefits should help you determine if this is the best option for you.

  • Better control: By grinding down the nails rather than cutting them off, you can decide how far to trim the dog’s nail. This helps you make a precise trim that is safe for the dog that eliminates the risk of injury. If your dog doesn’t like to get its nails trimmed and tends to squirm, you are going to really appreciate having more control with a grinder.
  • No sharp edges: If you use a scissor or guillotine type nail clipper, it makes a straight cut that leaves sharp, angular edges on the nail. Thereafter you may end up having to use a file to smooth those sharp edges so you don’t get scratched and avoid the dogs’ nails getting caught on the carpet. A grinder is specially designed to leave a rounded tip that are not safe for everyone but save you time that would have been spent filing the dog’s nails.
  • Great for thicker claws: If you are handling a large dog with thick fingernails, the pressure required to trim the nails using nail clippers can be difficult to deal with. This is especially true of older pet owners. With a grinder however, the grinding action is mechanized which means that the thickness of the nail won’t matter.
  • No dull blades: The various types of nail trimmers that use blades will eventually become dull. Then it is either inconvenient to sharpen them or expensive to replace them frequently. Dull blades also increase the risk of injury to the dog. With a dog nail grinder, replacing the tool tip or the sanding cylinder is easy and cost effective.
  • Won’t split nails: Using nail clippers on a thick nail can sometimes result in splitting or cracking a nail which can be debilitating for a dog. It takes quite a bit for a broken nail to heal and will have your pet limping around until it does. Due to the safe abrasive action of a Dremel nail grinder, you can be sure you won’t split any claws.

How often should you trim a dog’s nails?

There is no fixed length of time that you should observe when planning to trim your dog’s nails. It really depends on a few factors, but normally every 1 to 2 months is a safe interval to keep in mind. You don’t want your dog to have long claws as this can cause problems with his bones and joints as the nail pushes up into his paw which can be uncomfortable. To be on the safe side, inspect the nails every couple of weeks since even with the same dog certain factors such as their daily activities determine how often the nails need to be cut.

Factors that determine dog nail growth

  • Dog Breed: Not only do specific breeds have faster and slower growing claws than other dog breeds, but some varieties are indoor or outdoor dogs. The rate of development does not take into account that the claws should be kept according to their lifestyle. For example, small dogs that spend a lot of time indoors need to have their fingernails cut often.
  • Daily activities: This determines how quickly the nails get naturally worn. If your dog spends a lot of time outdoors, you don’t need to trim their fingernails as often as they wear out slightly on their own. Dogs that spend a lot of time indoors will not have their claws worn as much. It can also depend on the environment they are walking in as manicured lawns may not wear out their claws as fast.
  • The dog’s age: The age of your dog also plays a role in how often the nails should be trimmed. An older dog will need to have their nails trimmed more often as nail growth is accelerated in old age and they are also not as active as they used to be.

There is a sure indication that your dog needs it claws trimmed. If they are walking on a hard surface such as a tiled floor and you can hear the nails striking against the hard surface, that means it’s time to grab the Dremel dog nail grinder. For more tips and advice visit Collar & Harness.