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Whether you’re a novice or a pro, trimming your dog’s nails can be a little anxiety-inducing for you and your pup. Dog nail grinders, sometimes known as dog dremels, are a great alternative to clippers. They create smoother edges, can reduce anxiety for dogs who dislike clippers, and provide all-around greater control, making it easier to avoid cutting into the quick (the part of the nail that carries the blood supply).
There are lots of options for different nail types and dog temperaments. If your dog has thick nails (or you have multiple dogs of different sizes), nail grinders that feature variable speeds are handy. For skittish dogs, look for grinders with quieter motors.