Dog Nail Trimming with a Dremel

December 24th, 2008 by Paul Johnson

Dog Nail Clipping with a Dremel

You or your husband might already own a type of Dremel power tool. Dremel makes rotary power tools that are used commercially to grind down things. Dremels also make great alternative dog nail clipping tools to the traditional dog clippers. This is because instead of cutting your dogs nails through clipping, which leads to pain, splintering, and bleeding, a Dremel painlessly grinds down the nails. Many dogs can’t stand regular nail clipping and for some dogs, it is so traumatizing they won’t let you do it. However, most dogs will get used to the Dremel over time. It might take them a while to not associate you using the dremel on their nails with their previous bad experiences with nail clippers.

There are about 3 different Dremel models that are commonly used to effectively grind your dog’s nails. Which one you pick depends on your dog’s size. Large dogs do best on the Variable Speed MultiPro, which has a range of 5000 to 35,000 RPMs. You will want to stay in the 5000 to 8000 RPM range because if it gets too fast your dog’s nail will get too hot and cause him pain. Do not get the cordless multipro dremel because the minimum RPM starts at 10,000 on that model. Dremel also has a Cordless Pet Nail Grooming Tool, specifically for dog nail grooming. That model has a range of 7000 to 14000. The cordless MiniMite model has a range of 6,500 to 10,000 RPMS. Both the Cordless Pet Nail Grooming Tool and the MiniMite model are ideal for the smaller dog breeds.

The Dremel is a nice dog nail clipping tool, but I and many other dog owners prefer another dog nail timmer called the Peticure. The Peticure works on a similiar rotary nail grinding action like the Dremel. The difference is that the Peticure can also catch flying debris and tends to be less of a rough grind. You can only buy the Peticure through their official website. You don’t need to go out and buy a Peticure to have the abilitiy to catch nail debris because the Peticure site sales a Peticure Safe Guard. This accessory can be attached on certain Dremel models. You can read more about my experience using the Peticure in my previous Peticure review post.

You can buy at the Dremel 395 MultiPro for large dogs. For small dogs you want either the Dremel Minimite Cordless or the Dremel 761-03 Cordless.

  1. Shelli Hart on December 24th, 2008

    There is a part at that you can buy that turns your Dremel into a Peticure. It is the safe guard that they use for there tools. I just got mine and am trying to figure out how to attach it to my Dremel…..

  2. GeeVee on March 30th, 2009

    My podiatrist told me that they had discontinued using the Dremel to grind human toe nails since there is a very serious concern that the dust produced by the grinding have been proved to carry viral and fungal spores. If this were to be breathed in, it could cause very serious lung diseases. There are pet nail grinders with covers on them like the peticure.

  3. Joe Steadman on April 27th, 2009

    The Dremel Multipro works great on my Rottweiller.