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Review: FURminator nail trimmer and grinder

by Therese on June 18, 2012

in Cats, Dogs, Product Reviews

A few years ago I tried the PediPaws nail grinder on my dogs and was sorely disappointed. I gave it a good chance, but I ended up tossing it in the trash. So when the FURminator folks asked if I’d like to try their new nail trimmer I was hoping it would fare better than the PediPaws.

furminator nail trimmer and grinderAfter using the FURminator nail grinder, I’ve decided that I’m happy with it, and it will not be going into the trash. The motor is quiet enough that it doesn’t make Archie or Lydia nervous. It seems to have a high enough RPM that it does a good job of grinding down the nails fairly quickly. Even so, it takes a bit longer than the dogs are willing to sit still for. If I just do a few nails at a time it’s fine and the dogs will sit relatively still. (Of course, bribing them with treats always helps!) It does a good job of filing down the nails, but if all you wanted to use was the grinder, I think it would work better on smaller dogs. Mine are both about 40 lbs. and Archie has some pretty hefty nails.

I also tried the FURminator nail clippers. These are heavy duty clippers with a substantial feel in the hand, and the rubberized handle keeps them from slipping as the cut is made. The stainless steel blade is such that it handled my dogs nails easily, so my thought is that they’ll work great on bigger dogs as well as cats.

Since both of my dogs have dark nails, I’m always concerned about getting the quick. So, what seems to work best is to cut their nails with the nail trimmer, then follow up with the grinder. This way I can stop when I feel I’m getting too close to the quick (or when they tell me I am). I’ve been using them both like this for the past few months and it makes nail trimming much easier on all of us.

Disclaimer: regardless of what type of trimmer/grinder I use to cut my dogs’ nails, they always get treats as part of the deal!

See the FURminator website for more information on their nail trimming tools.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

ColoradoSummer June 18, 2012 at 6:22 pm

Hey Therese ~

Thanks for the info!! I’ve used a Dremel but it’s been a bit overkill and I’m glad to see an alternative that *may* take a bit longer but be effective.

Hooray for the treats 🙂



Ruth June 18, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Slightly off topic, but has anyone used the Furminator shedding tools on REALLY thick coated dogs? Like Tibetan Mastiffs, or Great Pyr’s, or the like? I cringe at the thought of spending $50 on a brush, but the wonky weather this year is screwing the hell out of Apollo’s shedding and I’m about at my wits end….


Therese June 19, 2012 at 8:15 am

My dogs aren’t anywhere near the hair factories yours are but I really like the FURminator tools. It amazes me how much hair one of those things will pull out in just one brush. Maybe you can find one on eBay for less than $50.


Ruth June 19, 2012 at 8:22 am

Thank you!


vince June 22, 2012 at 12:19 am

I found that Amazon had Good price. 27 dollars total.


Ruth June 22, 2012 at 8:31 pm

Do you know I never thought to try Amazn? Thank you!


Hairless Cat November 25, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Hi Therese,

I have some Furminator stuff and it’s really high quality that does a great job.

The higher price is worth it.

I get my stuff from Amazon.

=^-^= Hairless Cat Girl =^-^=


Cheryl in Colorado June 13, 2014 at 11:08 pm

Bought the furminator nail grinder about 30 mins. ago and the switch was already broken. Highly disappointed, hopefully it’s just this particular one, but not impressed.


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