using a dremel to reduce the quick on nails

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Ylinari

Post   » Tue Feb 12, 2019 5:56 am


I just started working at an animal hospital and I've just recently heard of using a dremel tool on dogs to reduce their quick. Has anyone ever gotten this procedure done on their guinea pig? Is it humane? I don't know anything about it really so I wanted to see if anyone on here has anything to say about it.

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Lynx
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Post   » Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:31 am


It is one method that has been suggested. I think individual guinea pigs may "not mind" a dremel or "not like the noise" of a dremel. One can accustom them to a method.

If you try it, make sure you do not use too aggressive grinding and you identify where the quick is so you know not to grind too far.

WICharlie

Post   » Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:28 pm


I've never tried it (I have a Dremel), but I always feared that pigs might not stand for it much. One reason would be that they may be afraid of the noise. The other reason is that they would dislike it because it would mean confining them even more than if you were using a clipper. Clipping the nail is fast. Dremeling the nail would take longer. I'd also be afraid of getting the grinder head against some other part of their body during the process and causing an injury, since they tend to struggle. Their little toes are so close together. How do you single out one toe and not touch the skin on other toes? These would be my concerns.

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pigjes
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Post   » Wed Feb 13, 2019 3:22 am


I would never do it. I have a Dremel. This idea gives me visions of the Dremel slipping off and hurting the pig. The noise and vibration would create a distrust that would be hard to overcome. All not worth the risk.

I usually have Rex pigs, their quick runs even much further than standard, and their nails curl even harder. I clip them, but they stay longer than other pigs. I do put concrete tiles before their kitchen area, to reduce nail clipping sessions, to keep the nails less sharp. Those tiles get cleaned in my dishwasher, together with their bowl.

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Sef
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Post   » Wed Feb 13, 2019 6:02 am


I bought a small one a few years ago, just to see if it could be used on their nails. Quickly realized that it would be totally impractical and a bad idea once I saw how loud they get and how hard it would be to get a pig to sit still for it. Even with the most cooperative pig, I could see the potential for injury (as a another member pointed out, it could get tangled up in fur or "Dremel" something by accident), and decided it wasn't worth the risk.

Can't remember if I returned it or gave it to my dad for his shop, but I no longer have it.

rjespicer

Post   » Wed Feb 13, 2019 1:48 pm


I have seen ads on TV for a purpose built dog and cat nail grinder and Dremel seem to have one they are marketing as for pets but i dont think I would ever try either of them on our piggies.

https://www.dremel.com/en_US/products/-/show-product/tools/7 ... Instructions

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GrannyJu1
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Post   » Wed Feb 13, 2019 2:18 pm


I tried my small dremel on my pigs. The first pig seemed to freeze in fear, the rest wouldn't let me near them with it. Out with THAT idea. ;o)

Lunatic Pandora

Post   » Tue Mar 05, 2019 8:14 am


I would have thought something like an electronic foot file would be safer to use (kind of like this?). It's designed for use on human feet, so it's powerful enough to remove hard skin, but not so powerful that it could cause damage. I imagine it's a lot quieter than a Dremel - I have one at home, and it makes a light buzzing sound. I haven't actually used it on the pigs, as I wasn't even aware you could trim their nails with anything other than clippers until I saw this thread.

Bookfan
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Post   » Fri Oct 08, 2021 7:34 pm


Husband has been looking into a nail grinder made by Luckytail. Has anyone had any experience with it?

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Lynx
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Post   » Fri Oct 08, 2021 11:08 pm


Unfamiliar with it. Have you ever tried a dremel?

Bookfan
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Post   » Sat Oct 09, 2021 3:39 pm


Husband used one when he worked in a lab.

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Renonvsparky

Post   » Sat Oct 09, 2021 11:35 pm


I just take mine to the vet and pay the $12.50 to have them do it. Well worth every penny.

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ItsaZoo
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Post   » Sun Oct 10, 2021 12:22 am


I have not tried this, I use a small scissors designed for cat claws. When I watch the video, they hold the dogs nail to the grinder for some time before the nail is trimmed. I don't know how that would work for guinea pigs, they move so fast and pull away. Mine barely holds still long enough for me to get a nail clipped.

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Lynx
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Post   » Sun Oct 10, 2021 10:48 am


I used to use a clipper too. Tricky to stabilize the foot since they hate having a foot/leg immobilized!

Bookfan
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Post   » Sun Oct 10, 2021 6:53 pm


Same way with ours.

Slightly off-subject: the other day the next door neighbors' dog was in our yard running from her owners. They rounded her up & took her in. A couple of minutes later they were calling Dad to come in. Turns out it was nail-cutting time & Bonnie was not cooperating.

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Lynx
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Post   » Sun Oct 10, 2021 10:22 pm


I still remember walking around and looking for the clipper while holding one of my guinea pigs. Before I could find it, she bit me!

That's when I discovered guinea pigs could read minds.

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ItsaZoo
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Post   » Mon Oct 11, 2021 1:13 am


The secret is to keep the nail clipper close to the refrigerator so they think you're taking them to their favorite food!

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Lynx
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Post   » Mon Oct 11, 2021 10:30 am


Hahahahaha! I love it!

White/food noise!

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