Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
The pedi paws is not actually the same as a dremel, its not nearly as powerful so yea you're going to run into the issue where it takes longer. With a dremel you can choose exactly which sand paper you want, and lots of more power. You can always start off lower on power until you're really comfortable, and then start getting faster. Thats the way I did it, I also originally thought it took too long but I also originally made the mistake of buying an Oster brand nail grinder, and quickly returned it. Went to a dremel about a year later and never turned back.
The easiest way is to start out by firmly holding the nail and pressing down with the sander side straight against the tip until you get to be the length you want. You get to know what the quick looks like when you're getting there. And if you go too far, typically you get a teeny tiny pin prick drop of blood and you know to stop. Once all the nails are the right length, you can take off more around the sides, top, smoothing everything out. I like to take off the top at the end because of the way the nail is curved, as that makes the nail appear even shorter than it is. When starting out, you can press light and take your time until you get the hang of it, and the dog is used to the vibration. But then you can press hard on that initial take down and its super fast. If its been over a week or especially over 2 weeks since I last did nails, I alternate which nail I'm doing with taking down the length, taking a bit off and going to the next nail, then doing another sweep across. This keeps the nail from heating up from friction. This way can also help you with getting used to it and not taking too much off. But I don't think you'd even get to the point of really bleeding, since you're slowly grinding it off instead of taking a huge chunk, the dog is going to let you know when you hit the quick. If Emma pulls her paw out of my hands, I know I've gone too far even if it doesn't look like it. I move on to the next nail, then come back to finish off smoothing around the edges. Early on the dog may pull their paw back due to the sensation, but again early on if you go too far the dog is going to react more strongly so you'll know the difference. Emma being an old pro, if she reacts at all I know I've made a mistake.
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