19 February 2019
[VINE CUSTOMER REVIEW OF FREE PRODUCT. Find out more: https://www.amazon.com.au/gp/vine/help]
OK, I was excited to get this little angle grinder and give it a test run. I have 2 dogs:
DOG ONE: Ex show dog, totally behaves herself when you bathe her, groom her, she loves being pampered, no problems when trimming her claws with a traditional dog nailclipper
DOG TWO: Baby of the family, hates baths, hates being clipped, especially hates nail being clipped.
Back to the product. Product arrived, a bit smaller than I expected (I expected it to be the size of a renovator tool), which is good. Manual is about 1.5CM thick, for over 40 languages, so forget that, let's put some batteries (not included) in and wing it.
The device comes with a little sanding disc (additional discs provided), about 1 inch in diameter. It spins safely within a little plastic shield (the Nail Guard), where you can safely insert the tip of the claw through an opening to be 'sanded' down by the disc. The nail guard can be adjusted to multiple heights, so that you don't take too much off the claw. Neat. Without the nail guard, this thing is like a mini angle grinder and will probably cause severe papercuts. So DO NOT use it without the nail guard.
It has 2 speeds, slow and fast. I can't imagine why anyone would want a slow speed, the faster it spins, the quicker it'll get the job done, the less shaking/vibration on the claw. Has a high pitch whirring, higher on the faster speed of course.
Here's my results:
DOG ONE: She hated it. For a dog who loved to be groomed, she high pitched whirring, and the strange vibrations transferred to her claw unsettled her. She was still a good girl, but she couldn't wait to be released soon enough.
DOG TWO: Acceptable. Which totally surprised me. Not that he lay peacefully for me to gently clip his claws, just that this time he didn't struggle, arch his back, try to headbutt me, kick his legs, like he usually did when we tried to clip his claws.
- Great alternative for my dogs. The experience is easy, you just bring the dog's claws, and stick it through the hole in the nail guard to be ground down, as if you are putting carrots into a juicer. Sorry I can't think of a better analogy.
- Less skill required. Clipping a dog's claws is a bit of an artform. You got to get it through the hole of the clipper, take of a bit at a time, make sure you don't get too close to the bits that are 'live'. With this it's just insert, sand, remove. Repeat.
- CLAWDUST: Sure, the nail guard is also meant to keep the 'clawdust' (see my pun on sawdust?) in, but rest assured it will spill out. So either do this out doors, or indoors and have a vacuum ready, don't do it on the carpet.
- Essence of Claw: I never thought I'd say this, but the clawdust had a smell to it. It wasn't pleasant or pungent, but just be prepared to inhale some claw for the first time ever. Interesting experience, maybe a quarter step towards snorting cocaine.
- FULLY CURVED CLAWS: If your dog has a very curved claw (read: dew claw that has curved into a doughnut), this dremel won't be able to solve it. You're better off grabbing your usual nailclipper, and going deep and clipping it off traditionally.
It does what it advertises to do. However, because of unavoidable issues like the vibration being transferred to the claw, and the high pitched whirring, your dog may not like it. If your dog does not like having its claws clipped the traditional way, if he/she has to be sedated to trim claws, if you would like to try something else, and have cash to spare, give this a go. Best case scenario, it'll make your grooming sessions a lot less stressful for the dog, saving time and effort. Worst case scenario the opposite happens and you have tiny little sander for finishing miniature carpentry furniture for your dollhouse.
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