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Old 12-23-2016, 05:14 AM
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Thank you for your update! (I wish more people did this.)

In my experience, dogs tend to develop nail splinters by running about, digging, etc., as mine do, and not so much from trimming times. But, as you write, each dog is different and people also have different clipping/trimming methods.

I can't advocate the Dremel method enough. I felt horrible each time I'd use the clippers and would cut too high. My dogs dreaded nail clipping time whenever it would roll around, and it was not at all enjoyable for any of us. Now, it's like party-time whenever it's "salon day"! Please look over Dober-dawn's page that I linked to in my previous message. She has pictures of her equipment, and I found everything I needed on eBay and Amazon. I even got the flexible shaft adapter, which is a 3 foot (+/-) long extension so the grinding head is farther away from the motor, so the sound of the motor is farther away and not so scary for the dog.

The only caveat to the Dremel method is it takes a couple of weeks to get your dog acclimated to the process. Dober-dawn explains this very well on her page also. Once the conditioning period is complete, you're all set. I've NEVER splintered or ripped off a nail using the Dremel. Here's a paragraph from her page that explains why this method is beneficial:

Well I know I had to give an update, didn't want to just leave you hanging. Like a cliffhanger from a movie or something.

But thank you for all the tips and advice about Dremel. I did some checking on my own and it sure seems to be a better option then using any form of clipper. And I already got a Dremel. Sure its not the pet version but I also checked that, as long as I run it on low speed it should work fine.

I tested it just a little on one of Ajas claws and it worked fine. He wasnt to happy about it, especially not the noise from the machine. But with some candy and clicker training it will be fine. His claw is also healing fine, he still has a few more days of painkillers to get but hes getting there. Just hate that the claw grows back so slowly but eh, nothing to do about it. Just gotta keep it clean. I will file his claws down at least once a month so their kept short. Hopefully that will stop any more of his claws from breaking ever again.

But thanks for all the info tips and advice everyone, really appreciate it. ^^
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