Pet Product Review: Pedi Paws

If you’ve watched TV at all lately, you’ve seen ads for the Pedi Paws nail trimmer. Is this just another crazy pet gadget? Or a good at-home grooming product? The discerning dog owner may have a few questions before purchasing this product.

Does the Pedi Paws Nail Trimmer Really Work?

The Pedi Paws nail trimmer is essentially a battery-operated Dremel tool. Veterinarians, zookeepers and groomers have been using Dremel tool grinders to work on animal nails for many years. The Pedi Paws nail trimmer puts this ability in the hands of every pet owner, without a pesky cord to get in the way. However, battery-operated motors are less powerful than motors run on AC power, and the Pedi Paws nail trimmer will need to have the batteries refreshed often to maintain grinding strength.

How Does the Pedi Paws Nail Trimmer Work?

The Pedi Paws nail trimmer is a grinding wheel contained in a plastic case. An opening in the case allows the nail to reach the grinding wheel. Think of using an emery board on your own nails versus nail clippers. The result is a smooth, rounded nail without cracks or sharp edges. If your dog has large, thick nails, the Pedi Paws nail trimmer may not work, as the opening is designed for medium-sized dogs. Very small nails may be troublesome as well.

What If You Grind the Nail Too Short with the Pedi Paws Nail Trimmer?

Pedi Paws claims this will not happen with their product. As with traditional nail clippers, you may wish to have styptic powder handy just in case, but the Pedi Paws nail trimmer is designed to file off the sharp tip of the nail. Keep checking the nail as you file it with the Pedi Paws nail trimmer, and stop before you reach the quick, just as with traditional trimmers. Consumer reviews indicate that the Pedi Paws nail trimmer is best used to maintain nail shortness, not grind down overly long nails, and that the Pedi Paws nail trimmer’s motor simply is not powerful enough to do more than sand off sharp edges. The Pedi Paws nail trimmer works best if you allow the grinding wheel to do the work. Do not press the wheel against the nail, and you will be happier with this product.

How Noisy is the Pedi Paws Nail Trimmer? Won’t It Scare My Dog?

The Pedi Paws nail trimmer instructions advise introducing the product to your pet slowly. Allow the dog to sniff it. Turn it on nearby and allow your pet to hear the light vibration noise of the motor. Once your dog is used to the sound, gently apply the product to one nail so your pet experiences the sanding sensation. This process may take a few days, so be patient. Rewarding the dog with treats at each stage will help as well.

Will My Dog Sit Still for the Pedi Paws Nail Trimmer?

Some dogs will accept the Pedi Paws nail trimmer without protest. Others may need to be restrained. YouTube is full of videos posted by pet owners showing both reactions to the Pedi Paws nail trimmer. You know your pet; be aware of your dog’s reactions to each stage of the product’s introduction. You will need to restrain your dog enough to keep wiggling to a minimum in order to use the Pedi Paws nail trimmer effectively.

If saving money on pet care is a priority, perhaps doing the nail trimming at home rather than visiting the groomer or vet every four to six weeks is right for you.

Where Can I Get a Pedi Paws Nail Trimmer?

Pedi Paws can be ordered at the Petside.com store.

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