Instead of removing chunks of dogs’ toenails with traditional nail clippers, nail grinders use a rotating band to gently file and eliminate the possibility of cutting to the quick. It’s no fun for anyone to accidentally clip too close and cause bleeding (which can be stopped with a pinch of corn starch if you have no styptic powder on hand). But if your pup can handle the minimal noise and added time it takes to grind, it could be a worthy investment for their health and hygiene.
With two speeds to grind away length and then shape the nail, you eliminate any rogue shards or jagged edges that come with clipping. My mom always knew when I clipped my dog’s nails because he’d scratch up her legs in his excitement—thus, the grinder. His nails are smooth, short, and I never need to worry about replacing batteries or fussing with a cord.
The quieter the grinder and less intense the vibration, the easier dogs will take to the new sensation. Various opening sizes on the cover are ideal to shield any flying dust, though exposing the grinder completely makes it much easier to maneuver. When you’re finished, simply recharge with the included USB cord.
You don’t think about it until you’ve started, but the direction the grinding band turns makes all the difference depending on your position. If you face your dog, it helps to grind in reverse; if you stand to their side or behind them, I feel the opposite is true. Luckily, you can grind any which way you’d like with the 6 replacement bands and no cord getting in the way.
If you prefer batteries to having to remember to charge a device after every session, this might be the nail grinder for you. It IS cordless, however, and comes with an LED light to help you see the nail and know when you’re getting closer to the quick.
Aspiring groomers and novices alike will benefit from this full professional kit, which includes 6 grinding bands in 2 different sizes, a carrying case, and a corded nail grinder. As long you don’t get tangled, a cord eliminates chances of dead or uncharged batteries, and (most importantly to your pup) ensures you get the job done in a single go.