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Old 07-02-2011, 08:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello everyone! Well, i got some beef knuckle bones last night for the pooch which means....TODAY IS DREMEL DAY!
This is the first time we will be using the dremel. It's actually an older model that dh has at home. "Dremel Multipro" 5000-30000 RPM.
Is anyone familiar with this model? I am assuming it is safe on dogs but wanted to double check before using it.
What speed should i be using it on?
Also, what size grit? We have a pretty course one, medium and a pretty smooth one. I was thinking medium...?

I appreciate all comments, thanks guys!
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Old 07-02-2011, 10:33 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Go to the Dremel website. They give you their recommendations for a safe grit and speed. They have an entire section and PDF file on using the Dremel on a dog's nails. We use speed 5 or 6, and use whatever grit Dremel says to use. You shouldn't keep the Dremel grinding more than 3-4 seconds, because it gets too hot for the dog. Just grind for a few seconds, remove for a few seconds, then repeat until the nails are how you want them without going into the quick. Here are some good links that taught me what I needed to know when I was new using the Dremel:

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Here, I went to the Dremel site and found it for you. It's the 4th one down. You have to DL the PDF file:
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Thanks very much, that's incredibly helpful!
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Mine came with medium sanding bands and I used those for awhile, but then I ordered the coarse ones and they work much faster. I have a small cordless dremel that only has two speeds, and I use it on high, which is probably comparable to medium speed on your dremel.
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I only use the coarsest sandpaper I can get. That way you get the fastest trim with the least amount of heat.
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I only use the coarsest sandpaper I can get. That way you get the fastest trim with the least amount of heat.
ohhh, that makes sense. I was a little nervous to use the coarse one because it just seems so harsh. Good thing i asked!
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I use the stone that came with it, it is coarse and gets the nails down pretty quickly.
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ohhh, that makes sense. I was a little nervous to use the coarse one because it just seems so harsh. Good thing i asked!
The finer ones are nice if you want to really polish off the trim with a super smooth look.
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OP thanks for asking! I was about to ask the same question! this is very helpful. Good luck with yours!
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