How to Groom Your Pet's Nails

Pampering your pet with a quick and easy manicure.


On February 20th, pet lovers everywhere will observe National Love Your Pet Day. In honor of this unofficial national holiday, this week's project is all about pampering your pet with a quick and easy manicure.

You need
  • No utilities needed
  • Emery Board
  • Styptic Powder
L: Length, W: Width, H: Height, D: Diameter
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Step 1

Relaxed dog
Dog sniffing dremel tool for comfort

First thing's first, you want this to be a pleasant experience for your pet so it is best to wait until your dog is relaxed and calm before you begin. A walk before the session may help. TIP: Keep your pet calm. Talk in a calm and quiet voice to help keep them calm. Let your pet investigate and sniff the tool to be more comfortable. Turn on the Pet Groomer to a slow speed to better adapt him to the tool.

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Step 2

Looking for debris in dogs feet

Next, Spread pet's feet to inspect for dirt and debris.

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Step 3

File and groom pet's nails

Hold your pet in place by putting your arms and upper body over him while you file the nails with the Dremel Pet Grooming Kit. While filing the front nails, hold your forearm over the pet's neck to prevent him from lifting his head. If you pet remains anxious or jumpy, try laying him on his side and gently holding him down.

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Step 4

Trimming nails with slight angel

Only trim the tip of each nail at a slight angle, just before the point where it begins to curl. Take care to avoid the quick, which is the vein that runs into the nail. If you accidentally cut into the quick, causing bleeding, apply some styptic powder to stop bleeding.

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Step 5

File and smooth edges

After the nails have been cut, use an emery board or file to smooth out any rough edges.