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Discussion in 'Grooming' started by Cindy, Jan 12, 2020.

  1. Sharon7

    Sharon7 Premium Member

    Oct 31, 2009
    Southern California
    Well you're not the only one, Chris, I confess I also clip nails the old fashioned way. It's always the front middle nails that seem to grow the fastest so thank God on Faith and Eli those nails are whitel But if I do hit a black one I feel terrible, obviously.
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  2. Cindy

    Cindy Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    San Francisco Bay Area, CA
    It seems like 75% of Gavin's nails are black....
    Good news, though... I had put nail caps on his nails on his bad leg...they were worn down to the quick from how he puts weight on it. The caps now mean he has regular nails for me to dremel on the bad leg/paw. I would never dream of cutting those! I just took them off yesterday to look at, and need to replace them. He actually wears holes in those plastic caps.
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  3. Shelby's mom

    Shelby's mom Forums Enthusiast

    Jan 4, 2012
    I too clip Shelby’s nails and yes I have hit the quick a time or two. I just put flour on it and it usually stops quickly. I have tried wrapping her foot once, that lasted about 30 seconds. Almost all her nails are black and they grow like crazy, I really could cut them every week.

    I’m too afraid to try the dremmel, I think Shelby our freak out from it and I could just see myself getting her fur tangled in it.
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  4. Margi

    Margi Forums Enthusiast

    Nov 2, 2012
    Corona, AZ
    Well on the upside, when you do that, the Dremel stops almost right away, trust me! Getting the hair unwrapped from the post of the tool takes some time though. :rolleyes2::eek2::winkgrin:
  5. Hanne

    Hanne Premium Member

    Nov 13, 2014
    Yes, unfortunately I have tried that too - I really felt so bad :cry:

    Minnie is lying on her back and I have a towel
    as I wrap the paw and cover the fur :wink2:

    We have both been happy with this solution so far for 4 years :winkgrin:
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  6. KarenCurtis

    KarenCurtis Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2010
    I hate when that happens!!! Baking powder!
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  7. Piper's mom

    Piper's mom Forums Sage

    Jun 26, 2015
    Winnipeg Mb
    Great idea Hanne! I do Piper and Finnie on their backs but never thought of using a towel and yup...I've caught their fur before too, although that was when I used to have them laying on their sides.
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  8. Calliesmom

    Calliesmom Moderator

    Mar 29, 2008
    near Mobile, AL
    too true:yes:
    I've done both ways and I like smooth edges so the dremel is one step to that - with clippers, I then have to use an emery board or similar to smooth the sharp edges
  9. Margi

    Margi Forums Enthusiast

    Nov 2, 2012
    Corona, AZ
    One downside of the Dremel is I keep accidentally dremeling my own nails. I have had to repaint countless nails :facepalm:. As a matter of fact I use an old Pedipaws to file my own nails LOL. That thing was worthless on the dogs but does mine great! :lol:
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  10. DianeP

    DianeP Forums Enthusiast

    Sep 8, 2019
    Middleton, WI
    OK, true story. I was a groomer for 10 years and even with all that nail trimming, I occasionally hit a quick. Always felt terrible. But, if it makes you feel better, even my instructors in grooming school did it occasionally.
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