9.06.2015

HOW I CUT OUR DOGS NAILS: Remember Tim the Toolman Taylor from the TV Show "Home Improvement"? I still have a Tim Allen Signature Tool... and use it!

In case you are too young or just don't recall the show, here is the opening credit
theme song to Home Improvement - 8th season




Today's post is a 'fun' post.  I was going to mention how I 'clip' my two large dogs nails with a dremel tool but then I realized the fact that I use an honest-to-God "Tim Allen" signature to do it is kind of funny in itself.

For those of you who remember, Home Improvement was an extremely popular show that aired throughout the 90's and then in reruns forever after.  At some point, my husband bought me a dremel tool to do some of my household projects, but at the time, I found it worked amazing on our large dogs nails.



Note that you can buy a similar product made for trimming your pets nails at almost any store that carries pet products.  The problem I found with the 2 that I bought were that they simply were not strong enough!  For small dogs, cats and dogs with thin nails the battery operated or the style bought at the pet store will work fine.  For large dogs or dogs with the extra thick, or black nails... they are well... 'hard as nails' and those little pet versions won't do.

We currently have two large dogs - one of which has really, really thick nails.  Half her nails are black, which makes it impossible to see the quick (the blood vessels start) and I'm always afraid I'm going to go too short.  However, this particular dog also has a dog version of ADHD and even the sound and anticipation of the clippers are enough to make her jump even before they are used!  (She has issues... but we love her!).  Interesting (and oddly) enough - she doesn't mind the sound of the Dremel tool!  Perhaps it's because it's a constant hum verses the overly anticipated 'clip' of the nail clippers.

If you use a dremel style tool, use the sand paper fitting on the end.  These tools are very powerful, so use the lowest setting and remember that friction causes heat.  You do not want it to get too hot on your dogs nails so 'tapping' into the nail is enough to sand it off, rounding it, and not having contact for more than a second or two at a time, so it doesn't get warm for your dog.

This makes clipping their nails oh so QUICK and EASY!  Seriously not a 'task' or a 'chore' any longer.








The Tim Allen series is no longer in production of course, but I did find some similar items on Amazon;

WEN 2307 Variable Speed Rotary Tool Kit with 100-Piece Accessories
Dremel 7300-N/8 MiniMite 4.8-Volt Cordless Two-Speed Rotary Tool
Dremel 7700-1/15 MultiPro 7.2-Volt Cordless Rotary Tool Kit

     

These are similar products actually made for pets:  we own the blue style - it's good for cats and little dogs nails that are not thick
Oster Gentle Paws Premium Nail Grinder for Dogs and Cats
Oster Gentle Paws Cordless Nail Grinder Grooming Kit
Professional Pet Nail Trimmer for Dogs & Cats

    


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