is there a con in using nail clippers versus a Dremel? Im new to dogs and my cats have been fine with nail clippers so I guess im just curious why most dog owners recommend dremmels versus nail clippers
I had been using clipper on Doberman nails for years until I got Colt. Colt had black nails (expected since he was a black dog) but what I didn't expect was that the older he got the more reluctant he was to have his nails clipped--I thought that was pretty weird but I figured out that his quick grew right out with the nail shell and no matter how carefully I only trimmed little sliver of nail off he still basically cried through the entire process.
I got to talking about it with a friend and she pointed out that big dogs with nails like that it probably pinched the quick even though I was being careful to only slice off little slivers.
That was an AHA moment for me. We tested the theory and ground his nailes with a Dremel--and he was a dog who had never had his nails dremeled before. He didn't squeak, he didn't cry, he didn't try to jerk his paw away. I wasn't hurting him.
The following day I went out and bought him his own Dremel.
The only down side i know of involves furry dogs--I would not have been able to use a dremel on my Afghan Hound and even on the Aussie is was more trouble to arrange things (there are whole proceedures for dremeling hairy dogs) so I didn't end up wrapping his hair into the dremel. Easier to clip and nails were never kept as short on my hairy dogs.
Cats have tiny nails by comparison to dogs and the nails structure is a little different. For the record my cats--many of them over the years--HATE having their nails clipped but there is not way that you could even think about dremeling their nails--they'd be in the back bedroom packing their best blanket preparing to leave home before you even got through one foot.
Stick with clippers for cats. But I recommend dremels all the way for dogs.