How to Clip a Dog's Nails Without Clippers

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Avoid coming in contact with the pads of your dog’s paws as much as possible. While the Dremel will not cut pads on contact, holding it against them will be abrasive to the skin and could lead to bleeding.

If your dog has long fur around its feet, you will also want to make sure to avoid it as much as possible. While the end of the tool will not tangle or pull fur, if fur gets caught in the higher assembly, it could get entangled.

Be careful because you can grind your pet’s nails too far and into the quick if you grind too long.


Perform this process regularly and focus on the tips of the nail only while doing so. The point is to keep the new growth edged back, so that the nails don't begin curling inward.

Using clippers or a Dremel tool on your dog's nails is a process of acquainting your pet with the tool and the process. Let them become comfortable at their own pace.

The smaller your dog, the smaller the Dremel tool should be. While any size can work, if purchasing one for this purpose, go with smaller models or commercial Pet Nail Dremels designed specifically for the purpose.

You can keep your dog's nails trimmed by using a Dremel tool.

An important part of your dog's health care involves the proper maintenance of its nails. Without proper care, a dog's nails can cause discomfort and even lead to medical problems down the road. However, many owners find the traditional means of clipping their dogs' nails challenging at best. Dogs often hate the process and will struggle, leading to potentially painful results. Fortunately, using a Dremel tool to clip your dog's nail is a safe and effective alternative.

Step 1

Choose your Dremel tool. These can be smaller, standard Dremel tools or a commercial pet nail grooming Dremel tool developed especially for this purpose. The advantage of the Dremel tool is that while your dog may be frightened or uncomfortable with it -- at least at first -- you cannot accidentally damage your dog's nails or cut into the quicks to cause bleeding. Dremel tools also reduce split nails and prevent sharp nails that can scratch flooring or playmates.

Step 2

Get your dog relaxed and comfortable before starting so that it will have the greatest chance of remaining calm during the process. An often advantageous time to work on acclimatizing your dog to the Dremel tool is shortly after a period of extended physical exercise. The more tired your dog is, the more likely it is to remain prone while you clip its nails with the tool.

Step 3

Show your dog the Dremel tool. Turn it on so that it hears the noise and sees the tool clearly prior to beginning the process. This will help ensure that your dog will not be surprised or startled when you start. Acclimating your pet to the tool is a process that may take some time. But it is important to do this because it helps your dog become accustomed to the Dremel tool, ensuring that the process is ultimately a pleasant one for both of you.

Step 4

Take your dog's paw in your hand as securely as possible and gently apply the Dremel tool to each nail, sanding in a circular motion around the tips of the nails. If your dog pulls away, simply wait a moment and try again. Follow this procedure for the nails on each paw.