Dog Nail Grinding
Casfuy Dog Nail Grinder Upgraded - Professional 2-Speed Electric Rechargeable Pet Nail Trimmer Painless Paws Grooming & Smoothing for Small Medium Large Dogs & Cats
Dog Nail Grinding is so good. I have two small dogs—a 7 pound and a 13 pound dog—the smaller, Nixie, with nails where the quick stays far, far up the nail, the larger, River, where the quick is always right at the tips of his nails.
I normally use a Pet Dremel on Nixie’s nails—and although I wouldn’t say she enjoys the process, she’s happy enough to stay in my arms, while I do a few seconds at a time on each nail, liberally praising and treating her after each dab or two at the nails. Her hair is long, but I’ve never had a problem with it getting wrapped around the Dremel shaft, because she’s reasonably passive while I do her nails…and I’ve never had a problem with rounding her nails into a smooth, comfortable shape with the Dremel, because, again, she’s reasonably passive while I do it.
River, on the other hand, is a different case entirely! He HATES the sound of the Dremel (he hates all mechanical noises), and I have to clip his nails a bit at a time, while he lies on his back, and either file them smooth with a glass nail file, or, touch the Dremel to his nails for a split second at a time, treating and praising and rubbing his belly liberally, and allowing him to get up and “hug” me, frequently, to relieve his anxiety. It doesn’t help that since he’s prone to sudden moves, and also has long hair, it HAS gotten wrapped around the Dremel shaft a few times—something that absolutely terrifies him.
So when I needed to replace the Dremel’s battery for the third time in the last four years, (they seem to stop holding charges *FAR* too quickly!), I looked around Amazon to see if there was anything else on the market that would be useful…and found the Casfuy.
After reading the reviews, and looking at the price, I figured it was worth trying it out. I particularly liked hearing it was quieter and that there was no easy way for hair to get wrapped around the shaft, as I thought this might help with River’s fears.
The noise was DEFINITELY softer than the Dremel. It’s less loud than my Sonicare toothbrush, actually—but it’s higher pitched than both, and I was a little concerned about how this would affect the dogs.
Predictably, it sent River scuttling out of the room—even faster than the Dremel does. Nixie was a bit spooked by it, but she’s naturally suspicious of new things, and didn’t seem frightened, just cautious.
I thought I’d try it on Nixie’s nails first, since she’s the easy one. I used it on low, as that’s the only speed either will tolerate on the Dremel, and the higher pitch of the high speed didn’t seem like a good idea.
Well—she wasn’t keen on it…as I held her—but the real problem was that when you touch it to a nail, and the dog predictably jerks a little, the direction of the spin, plus the jerk, means the nail hits the side of the plastic cover with a loud, unpleasant noise, and that REALLY freaked Nixie out, causing her to refuse treats, and to jerk her paws from me as soon as I tried to hold one.
I worked with her a bit, finding that it was a little better if I could manage to hold my finger over the plastic edge, so that her nail would hit my finger, not the plastic, and also trying to hold her nail steadier with my other hand—but it was awkward, and after not getting very far with her, I gave up, used the Dremel, and was able to quickly finish her nails.
I did notice that the Casfuy did naturally create a rounded shape to the nail edge on the top of the nail, but it created a sharp edge UNDER the nail, which it required a bit of ingenuity to remove, by maneuvering the tool around. I can create the same shape with the Dremel, but a) there was a learning curve, as if you hit the nail with the Dremel at the wrong angle, it makes a dreadful sound and b) I have an art background, and am very comfortable and confident in refining shapes manually. I DEFINITELY think that the Casfuy eliminates the learning curve, forcing you to avoid the wrong angle simply because of where the openings in the plastic casing are, and how you have to hold it—and it does not require any special skills to shape the nail. (And the sharp edge on the bottom of the nail would be worn off quickly, through walking, if you didn’t feel confident about reshaping with the Casfuy.)
Since River has bigger nails, I thought they might be easier to work with—I can hold them steady easier, and since I work on him while he lies on his back, rather than holding him in one arm, and using the tool with the other.
Sadly—although I had no problems acclimating River to the tool when it was off (teaching him to “touch” it, in exchange for a treat), and even getting him to touch it while on, he was absolutely, in no uncertain terms, not happy about it touching his nails. There was no calm lying there while I touched his nails for a second or two, with his eyes on the cookie bowl next to him—instead, he was terrified—so much so, that he refused to even eat any treats, and after just doing a second or two on one nail, he was panting heavily, in great distress, and had to hug me, clinging to me fiercely.
I worked with him for a while, and managed to to a bit more with his nails—and the tool performed nicely on them, never caught his hair in it at all (a HUGE blessing!), and ground his rather tough nails down quickly—but the higher pitched whine, and in particular, the louder noise it makes when grinding the nails was far too intense for him in a first session.I did work on Nixie’s nails again the next day—and managed to get almost all of them done, this time, managing to keep her nails fro striking the plastic a bit more, but like River, she really seems to strongly dislike either the sound of her nails against the grinder, or else the feel of the grinder on her nails. I wouldn’t say either dog was in pain—I was nowhere near the quick, and I never had the grinder on their nails for more than a second, possibly two seconds, at a time, so there shouldn’t have been an issue with heat—but they were both very reactive to the sound, the feel or the combination. My subjective feeling is that possibly it is going faster at low speed, than the low speed on the Dremel—and that may create a tickling vibration that is too intense for them—as neither will tolerate the high speed on the Dremel.
Overall, I would say that this is an excellent tool. It IS quieter than very highly rated Pet Dremel, but it DOES make a higher pitched noise, when it turns, and if your pet doesn’t like high pitched noises, that is something to be aware of.It appears to be reasonably well made for such an inexpensive tool, and I love that it’s USB rechargeable, unlike my Dremel, where I lose half an outlet to the heavy charger.
It’s easy for even small hands to hold, and it creates a smoother, rounder nail tip than the Dremel will, without any particular effort on the part of the person wielding it. If you have very large hands, it might or might not be as comfortable, but for small and medium hands, I think it would feel very natural.Promised Review By Athansor