Trimming your pet's nails can be nerve wracking. Many dog owners do not want to perform this grooming task because they fear they will clip the nail too short. Using a dog nail grinder provides peace of mind, as it slowly files the nail instead of clipping off a large piece at once. The Dremel 7300-PGK is a new model from the Dremel company that offers some updated features.
There are pros and cons to using nail grinding tools, but many pet owners and professional dog groomers find them very effective. It is still possible to grind the nail down too short, but it's much less likely to expose the quick while using a Dremel tool than it is when using traditional dog nail clippers.
Before you decide on your next pet nail clippers, don't be afraid to try multiple products. Many retailers offer a 30-day refund policy, so you can purchase multiple tools, try them out with your pet and return the tools that you don't like using.
Is this product worth the price? Is it better to use the Dremel 7300-PGK rather than traditional pet nail clippers? In this review, I'll demonstrate why this tool may or may not be good for you and your pet, and provide you with my own tips and opinion on the product.
Dremel 7300-PGK Dog Nail Filing Tool Review
A Dremel tool is similar to a nail file for humans, except that it is powered by a battery and you don't have to move it back and forth. The file on the head of the Dremel 7300-PGK is shaped like a disc and rotates rapidly to grind the nail down much faster than you could with a manual file.
It's very easy to use nail grinders like this one. Simply flip the switch to ‘high' or ‘low' and gently press the file head against your pet's nail. If you push it into the nail with too much force, it will stop spinning. You only have to apply gentle pressure and the Dremel tool does the rest of the work.
As the nail begins to grind down, continue moving the Dremel forward. You'll know when it's time to stop as the pointed tip of your pet's nail will be gone.
It's best to stop when the pointed end of the nail is gone. Although the Dremel 7300-PGK does take some of the guess work out of trimming your dog's nails, it is still possible to nick the quick and cause pain and bleeding.
I recommend you read about how this tool works, and maybe even try it within the 30-day return policy, to see whether the Dremel 7300-PGK is the right product for your Fido.
This tool does have many of the same features included with the previous model, including:
- a rechargeable battery for cordless operation
- compatible with most other Dremel rotary tool bits and accessories
- two rotation speeds – high and low
But, it also has update features that you won't find on any other Dremel tool or nail grinder on the market. The Dremel 7300-PGK is the first product of its kind to feature a 45° paw guide that assures you file the nails at the correct angle to prevent injury.
It also has a clear attachment, which you can see in my video review guide, that collects nail dust. This is a big improvement over other products, because you don't have to worry about making a big mess each time you trim your pet' nails.
The clear cover also acts as a fur guard, meaning you won't have to worry about your pet's fur getting tangled up in the rotating head.
The instructions that come with this product state that it should work for up to 3 hours on a single charge, but I noticed that after about 75 minutes of continuous use the battery was beginning to die. However, you probably won't be using it for that long (unless your'e a professional groomer), so I don't think that will be a deal breaker for many pet owners.
What I'm trying to explain is that this tool works great, and it does what it's supposed to do. But, it's not without its flaws. The tool itself is great, but nail grinders in general have a few drawbacks that you'll need to consider before making your purchase.
As I demonstrate in my video, it's very easy to replace the file heads using the included wrench and the convenient locking button. Unlike traditional clippers, you'll need to replace these file heads regularly, which is an added expense.
Towards the end of my video review, I demonstrate the noise made by this grooming tool. The buzzing noise that they make and the grinding sound made when they are trimming the nail is scary for some dogs. If your dog is timid or has anxiety about grooming, it's likely that a nail grinder isn't going to be a good choice for him.
Even for dogs that aren't typically timid, it will take some training to get them used to having a nail grinder pressing on their nails. Most dogs will warm up to the noise and the sensation of the grinder if you allow them some time to get used to it.
Please note: If you have a very timid dog, he may not ever allow you to use the Dremel 7300-PGK because of the noise that it makes.
Another important drawback to mention is the extra time that it takes to grind down a dog's nails as opposed to clipping them with traditional nail cutters. I can clip all of my dog's nails in about 2 minutes with regular nail cutters, but it takes more than 10 minutes to trim them all with a grinder.
The final drawback that I must mention is the price. You can buy the Dremel 7300-PGK nail grinder on Amazon for about $40. That's more than double the cost of most traditional nail clippers.
How to Cut Dog's Nails?
For those who are new to trimming pet's nails, you need to first learn a few things that you should and shouldn't do. I've made a nice helpful video for you showing how to cut dog's nails. You can use these tips for both traditional pet nail clippers and the Dremel 7300-PGK grinder.