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9/16/09 1:43 P

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OH OUCH!! I had no idea! You mean they don't even give them a local? OH.... I guess I'm glad Buddy has them then! OUCH!

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9/16/09 1:36 P

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Dew claws have to be removed before they are three days old. Our vet tech calls it puppy torture. They take of pair of pliers and pull the nail out and then cauterize it. I can't watch, the puppies scream. It is nicer without them. In England they don't remove them, they also don't dock tails or crop ears, they consider it inhumane. (I kind of agree)

I think I'll leave work early. Go home and watch Cardinals baseball and ride my bike. Maybe finish the stone I'm working on. lol

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Thanks Maureen! I think I will get one of those trimmers.

It always cracks me up to see the advertisement for those things... the dog is just sitting there with his paw up... happy as a lark! YEAH... RIGHT!! That's if you can get them out from under the bed!! LOL LOL

I was really disappointed when the groomer left the dew claws on Buddy. They said that they have been leaving them because so many people are competing in agility and the dews can give an advantage. I just looked at her like she was "smokin' somethin'" and said, "OH.. interesting!" and left it at that. Well, I hate having to deal with those curly little things! LOL

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Becky, I'm not sure if there is a difference in the dremel tools. I bought mine a few years ago at a dog show. I know amazon carries them. (I just googled dremel dog nails) Petsmart also has them online, I don't know if they have them in their stores. This is the one that I have: http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?
productId=3312954. I don't remember how much I paid for it, I would think you could find it cheaper. Mine are all used to it. The hardest part is doing their dew claws. The puppies don't have dew claws but Abbey and Tucker do.

One of the best things about using a grinder is you don't get the jagged edges on their nails.

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Where do you get the nail grinder? Can I just use the dremel, or is it different just for dogs? I would like to try that. I heard the Pedi-paw was a rip off and didn't purchase one. So I just use the clippers... not a fun activity! LOL

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I use a nail grinder. It's a dremel tool made for pets nail. I tried the pedi paws, it doesn't work for me. You only have to grind them a couple seconds. If you do happen to get close to the quick the grinder cauterizes the nail so it doesn't bleed. The biggest thing is to do it for only a couple seconds per nail. My dogs are used to it now and don't put up a fuss.

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I always try to make it a pleasant experience... which doesn't always work. So little snips as quickly as possible. Make a mental note where you left off and do more again later.

When they really get long I end up taking him to the groomer or to the Vet's and just pay to have it done. They have more then one set of hands and can get it done quickly and safely.

My Groomer only charges $10 and my Vet charges $20. Either way it is well worth it since I have to trim the nails myself too.

I hope this information was useful. Thank you for your comment.

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That is very interesting to know....but however I dont have those extra hands and his feet nails naturarly keep short from all of our walks but the upper nail is curling on me and he only allows for very short quick one or two snips then he has had enough...any suggestions?

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Step 1:
First, have plenty of pea-sized treats ready and on hand to give your dog.

Step 2:
Next, preferably with one other person, take your dog to a space where there is tile, linoleum, or a floor that is easy to sweep up messes on. Sit down on the floor with your dog.

Step 3:
Have the extra person hold the dog (if necessary, muzzle the dog) either in their arms if small enough, or just hold the dog's legs and paws up if the dog is big in size/and or standing on his own without pitching a fit.

Step 4:
While the extra person holds the dog's leg out, press slightly on the dog's paw to extend his nails, making them easier to view. Do this with one hand while using the other hand to use the nail clippers.

Step 5:
Clip a small piece of the dog's nail off the end or as much as you can see that is definitely not in the quick. With the white nails it is easier to see where the skin starts. Avoid clipping too close to that. With the black nails, you may have to be more patient and try and look under the nail if you cannot see where the skin under the nail starts. If still cannot tell, clip a tiny bit off the end of the nail and leave it at that.

Step 6:
After cutting each nail, praise your dog and reward him with one treat. Make sure and give him a treat after each nail you cut. This will eventually get the dog to, at the least, not dread having his/her nails cut. Make sure you repeat this process every week or two so that your dog does not forget his/her good experience having his nails clipped and is used to the process. Praise him and reward him with another treat when he/she is done.

Step 7*:
In case you cut your dog's nail too short and it begins to bleed, try rubbing a bar of soap on the end to stop the bleeding and/or packing the nail with flour.
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Edited by: REBECKY44 at: 9/10/2009 (18:25)
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