|Barked: Sun Oct 7, '12 5:45pm PST |
|I never dremel, but I do clip my dog's nails quite often to keep them short and I file them. I'm also a groomer, so I've seen a lot of nails that are WAY too long, and the quick is also long, and the owners don't understand why I can't just make their dog's nails super short.
Anyway, clipping as close as you can to the quick without exposing it can help it recede. You can clip it until you see a small dot, and you shouldn't go any further than that. If you see this dot, it means you are right at the quick without having it exposed or bleeding. But, something really important I want to make note of here is, if you cut it close, and the nails don't come in contact with much (eg, your dog doesn't walk on hard surfaces often) it probably won't help it recede much. I can tell which of my clients walk their dogs often because their nails will be worn down, sometimes so much that I don't even have to clip them. When the nails are cut close to the quick, and the dog walks on the sidewalk often, this helps the quick recede.
Another thing I do with my dog, that I adopted from show grooming Shelties, is after I clip the nails to the length I want, I also take the plyer type clipper (I don't normally use them) and clip just the outer hard surface off the tip that is left. This also helps the quick recede and keeps the nail looking nice and short, but it's important to be very careful doing this, and not to take too much off, just a thin layer, or you will be cutting into the quick.
As for the dremel, I don't see why it would be any different than clipping the nails, unless you just aren't getting as close to the quick as you are trying to.
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