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Monday, August 18, 2008

Is Peticure for Real?

Peticure Pet Nail Trimmer
While watching the Dog Whisperer lately, I have noticed a new infomercial for the Peticure Nail Trimmer. The infomercial looks like all the pets are easily handling a grinding machine so close to their toes but then I realized that the pets in those infomercials for the vacuum deshedding devices also look at home and relaxed.

My mind wandered to the Lab Brats. How would they handled such a device getting close to them and allowing me to stick their nail into this motorized device? The Dog Trick Academy Blog states: "The Peticure does produce quite a bit of noise; it’s not heavily noisy but to a dog, can be quite scary."

I started to laugh as I remember back to my childhood when my father introduced me to a sander-grinder. My father was an awesome carpenter by trade and the first thing he told me was to never, ever, get my hands too close to the device as I could easily grind off parts of my hand if I were not careful.

So if I would not stick my own finger or hand near a high-powered, extremely fast moving device, why would I stick my own dog's paws near it? I mean, it is difficult enough to see the whole nail and quick area while cutting with a good nail trimmer. So - 1) What dog in their right mind would allow their owner to go near them with the buzzing device in hand? and 2) What is there to protect the dog's nails from trimming too far and hitting the quick.

Sure, the infomercial mentions that the device is like what professional dog groomers would use and, I don't know about you, but I don't have professional dog groomer training. Heck, even my own vet technicians cut my Labrador's quick from time to time with a nail trimmer and this is second nature to them.

I don't know about you but I think the Lab Brats would be livid if I ever tried to use such a device on them. What do you think about this device? Have you tried it or is it something you can see wrestling with your large breed dog to use on them?

(Honestly, I can see even a Chihuahua biting off a finger if their handler got near them with one. *laugh*)

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Blogger Beth said...

I have one on order. Not sure how this will work for my big girl. She hates having her nails done. Vet has to muzzle her even. But I thought I would try. A friend uses a similar type device (a Dremel) on her large Akitas and they do great. She said her male Akita lays on his back like he is at a spa!

I'll keep you posted on how it works for Gracie.

August 18, 2008 12:47 PM  
Blogger FG167 said...

I use a Dremel on 2 of my 3 dogs. One is a little iffy on his front feet, could care less about his back feet. The other lets me do all 4, including dew claws without a twitch - even sometimes rolling over onto her back. I can see the quick before I get there, the increments you shave off are much smaller than clipping so I can stop ahead of time.

August 18, 2008 12:59 PM  
Anonymous Tanya said...

I get Lambert's nails cut by either the vet or the groomer only because I know he would eat my arm off if I hurt him while trimming his nails. But, since he has been going to daycare 1 day a week I have not had his nails done since last October. He comes home and they are filed right down.

Either way I prefer not to do it. I want him to love me

August 18, 2008 6:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have one of the Peticure heads that I attached to a Dremmel tool I already own... a corded one. The battery powered ones are not the way to go IMHO. This thing is the best thing since sliced bread. I tried the Dremmel without the trimmer head and it is very difficult to keep it where you want it. The Peticure head has holes around the head to accomodate differing size nails. This is money well spent. My lab HATED having his nails clipped. He started looking like he had bear paws. If you set the Dremmel on the lowest speed setting, the noise is not bad at all. With a little reward treat afterward, Tucker looks forward to having his nails trimmed now. All I have to do is turn the thing on and he comes right away! Just remember... don't leave the sanding wheel in contact with the nail for more than 3 seconds at a time. His nail will get too hot and he won't like it at all. Go from one nail to the next and back again to keep them cool.

August 20, 2008 1:32 PM  
Blogger peticure_pup said...

Peticure has recently launched a forum for all Peticure owners to post feedback, success stories, photos, videos, and anything else about your pets. Take a moment to check it out. Feedback welcome!


September 08, 2008 3:45 PM  

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