Are Nail Grinders Safe to Use on Dogs?

Be sure to either clip the hair of longhaired dogs or hold it back so it won't get wound in the shaft of the grinder. (One trick is to take an old pair of pantyhose and push the nail through to keep the fur out of the way.) Support the dog's toe, but don't squeeze too hard. Grind across the bottom and then carefully in from the tip of the nail, smoothing rough edges as you go. If you do this weekly, the quick will recede and you'll be able to maintain short nails on your dog with ease.

By the way: Count me as another veterinarian who prefers not having pets brought in for nail trims. As my colleague Dr. Patty Khuly points out, when pets are brought to the vet's office for long-overdue nail trims, they begin to associate the discomfort with visiting the veterinarian. Creating a situation where pets feel stress at the very sight of the veterinarian isn't helpful when they really do need our medical expertise. Either manage your pet's claws at home or have a groomer take care of them regularly.


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