Best Pet Nail Grooming, Trimming & Grinding Tools

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Dog and pet nail grooming tools come in a few different forms.

They can be used for trimming/cutting, grinding and filing.

In this guide, we look at what might be some of the best dog/pet nail grooming, trimming and grinding tools

We look at their features, and what they might each be for.

Let’s take a look.

 

(NOTE: this is a general information guide only, and is not professional advice, or a substitute for professional advice. A qualified vet or animal expert is the only person qualified to give you expert advice in regards to your pet/s)

 

Best Pet Nail Grooming Tools

Our top rated list for clippers, grinders and file tools are:

 

Nail Clippers/Trimmers

 

Nail Grinders

Our top picks are the cordless 7300-PT, and the Casfuy:

 

Other cordless grinders include the:

Read a Dremel pet nail grinder comparison guide here.

 

Corded grinders options include:

 

Nail Files

 

Best Pet Nail Grooming Tools: Reviews

Casfuy Dog Nail Grinder: Features

A cordless dog nail grinder that is reasonably lightweight and compact

Charges with a USB cable

The grinding piece that grinds the nails is a diamond bit – there’s a protective cover that goes over it whilst the grinder is in operation

Designed to be a low noise grinder

Has 2 speeds (choosable with the switch)

Has 3 nail ports

Adjust the speed and use a nail port to suit your dog’s nail size and hardness

 

Who Might The Casfuy Dog Nail Grinder Be For?

Those looking for a cordless nail grinder

Those looking for an alternative to the Dremel grinder

Those looking for a USB chargeable grinder

Those who want to use a grinder in addition to, or as a substitute for a pair of nail clippers or a nail file

Those looking for a 2 speed grinder

 

Who Might The Casfuy Dog Nail Grinder NOT Be For?

Those who prefer a Dremel or another brand of nail grinder

Those who want zero noise – from using a pair of manual nail clippers for example

 

Should You Get The Casfuy Or A Dremel?

It probably comes down to a few factors:

Cost

Durability (how long the tool and it’s battery lasts for)

What’s included in the warranty

Size of the tool (the Casfuy dimensions might be slightly smaller)

 

In terms of performance – some Dremel tools may have slightly more power for larger or thicker dog nails (but the Casfuy is multi speed – so it has higher speeds for more RPMs)

The exception to that is if you use a Dremel tool that can also take other Dremel accessories and allow you to do other tasks and light projects around the house. There may be more value for money in a tool like this as the Casfuy is only a diamond bit – it doesn’t take other bits and attachments like some Dremels might.

If you want to check out some of the other Dremels made specifically for pet nail grinding and their features, you can do so in this comparison guide.

 

Hertzko Electric Pet Nail Grinder

A cordless dog nail grinder that is reasonably lightweight and compact

Charges with a USB cable

The grinding piece that grinds the nails is a diamond bit – there’s a protective cover that goes over it whilst the grinder is in operation

Designed to be a low noise grinder

Only has one speed

Has 3 nail ports

Adjust the speed and use a nail port to suit your dog’s nail size and hardness

 

Who Might The Hertzko Electric Pet Nail Grinder Be For?

Those looking for a cordless nail grinder

Those looking for an alternative to the Dremel grinder

Those looking for a USB chargeable grinder

Those who want to use a grinder in addition to, or as a substitute for a pair of nail clippers or a nail file

Those looking for a one speed grinder

 

Who Might The Hertzko Electric Pet Nail Grinder NOT Be For?

Those who prefer a Dremel or another brand of nail grinder

Those who want zero noise – from using a pair of manual nail clippers for example

Those looking for a multiple speed grinder

 

Should You Get The Hertzko Or A Dremel?

It probably comes down to a few factors:

Cost

Durability (how long the tool and it’s battery lasts for)

What’s included in the warranty

Size of the tool (the Hertzko dimensions might be slightly smaller)

 

In terms of performance – some Dremel tools may have slightly more power for larger or thicker dog nails, and Dremels are usually also multi speed.

A Dremel tool may also take other Dremel accessories and allow you to do other tasks and light projects around the house. There may be more value for money in a tool like this as the Hertzko is only a diamond bit – it doesn’t take other bits and attachments like some Dremels might.

 

Wahl Ultimate & Classic Pet Nail Grinders: Features

Wahl Ultimate Pet Nail Grinder

A corded pet nail grinder (uses a 5 foot cord)

Works with sanding bands on a sanding drum

Has variable speed up to 13,000 RPM

Tool is 8.75 inches long, and weighs 5.7 ounces

Comes sold as a kit from some retailers – with drums, sanding bands, etc.

Has a warranty – but, check the warranty at your time of purchase

 

Wahl Classic Pet Nail Grinder

A cordless battery operated pet nail grinding tool (requires 2 C batteries which aren’t included)

Uses sanding bands on a sanding drum

Has an operational speed up to 5,300 strokes per minute

Has a safety auto stop feature, and also comes with a safety cap

Tool is 8.5 inches long, and weighs 9 ounces

Has a warranty – but, check the warranty at your time of purchase

Comes as a kit 

 

We can see that some of the major differences between the two models are the speeds available, being corded vs cordless, and the weight of the tools.

 

Who Might The Wahl Pet Nail Grinders Be For?

The Wahl grinders use sanding drums and sanding bands as opposed to sanding discs, or a diamond bit. So, they suit people looking for that sanding method for grooming nails.

Additionally, they come in both corded and cordless models – so, there’s something for both preferences.

 

Who Might The Wahl Pet Nail Grinders NOT Be For?

Those who prefer a Dremel or another brand of nail grinder

Those who want zero noise – from using a pair of manual nail clippers for example

Those who live outside the US (the products we viewed are only under warranty in the US)

The Ultimate is a slightly higher priced grinder – so, it wouldn’t suit those looking for a lower priced grinder

 

Should You Get A Wahl Grinder, Or A Dremel?

Our opinion is the The Dremel 7300-PT is probably a better option than the Wahl Classic. The Wahl Ultimate offers a point of difference being a corded grinder.

It probably comes down to a few factors:

Cost (the Ultimate is a higher priced tool)

Durability (how long the tool and it’s battery lasts for)

What’s included in the warranty

Size of the tool 

Where you live (if Wahl tools are only under warranty in the US – you wouldn’t buy them if you live internationally)

 

You also have to consider which tools allow you to use other accessories and allow you to do other tasks and light projects around the house. There may be more value for money in a tool that allows this.

 

Andis Pet Nail Grinders: Features

EasyClip 2 Speed 

A corded nail grinder that is 8.25 in. long

Weighs 0.4 lbs

Uses sanding bands 

Has 2 speeds available – 7000, and 12,000 strokes per minute

Comes with a kit

A slightly higher price grinder compared to some of the other grinders on the market

 

Cordless

A cordless pet nail grinding tool

Uses a lithium-ion battery that has up to 3 hours of battery time

Uses sanding bands on a sanding barrel

Is 8.30 in. in length, and weighs 0.75lbs

Has 6 speeds between 7000 to 18,000 strokes per minute

Comes with a kit

 

2 Speed With Grinding Stone

A rechargeable cordless pet nail grinding tool 

Uses a lithium ion battery, and comes with a charging adapter

Uses a grinding stone for nails

Has two speeds – normal and turbo

Designed more for small and medium sized pets

 

Who Might The Andis Pet Nail Grinders Be For?

Those looking for both corded and cordless pet nail grinders

Those looking for dual and variable speed grinders

Those looking for grinders that use sanding bands and grinding stones

 

Who Might The Andis Pet Nail Grinders NOT Be For?

Those who prefer a Dremel or another brand of nail grinder

Those who want zero noise – from using a pair of manual nail clippers for example

 

Should You Get An Andis, Or A Dremel?

Our preference is the Dremel PT-7300, or a grinder like the Casfuy.

However, the EasyClip 2 speed offers a corded option that the Dremel grinders don’t.

Also look at these factors:

Cost

Durability (how long the tool and it’s battery lasts for)

What’s included in the warranty

 

A Dremel tool may also take other Dremel accessories and allow you to do other tasks and light projects around the house. 

 

Oster Pet Nail Grinder: Features

A cordless pet nail grinder

Uses AA batteries (but these batteries aren’t included)

Has two speeds

Uses sanding bands for nails, but also comes with a grinding stone

 

Who Might The Oster Pet Nail Grinder Be For?

Those who want a cordless grinder

Those who want a two speed grinder

 

Who Might The Oster Pet Nail Grinder NOT Be For?

Those who want a variable speed grinder with more than two speeds

Those who want a rechargeable battery grinder

Those who prefer a Dremel or another brand of nail grinder

Those who want zero noise – from using a pair of manual nail clippers for example

 

Should You Get The Oster Or A Dremel?

We like the value of the Dremel 7300-PT better personally, or even the Casfuy grinder.

But it can also come down to these factors:

Cost

Durability (how long the tool and it’s battery lasts for)

What’s included in the warranty

Size of the tool 

 

A Dremel tool may also take other Dremel accessories and allow you to do other tasks and light projects around the house. 

 

Furminator Pet Nail Grinder: Features

A cordless nail grinder

Uses AA batteries

Uses sanding bands to groom nails

Has two speeds

Has a LED light to illuminate work on front of grinder

 

Who Might The Furminator Pet Nail Grinder Be For?

Those looking for a battery operated grinder

Those looking for a 2 speed grinder

 

Who Might The Furminator Pet Nail Grinder NOT Be For?

Those who want more than 2 speeds

Those who want a corded grinder

Those who want rechargeable batteries

Those who prefer a Dremel or another brand of nail grinder

Those who want zero noise – from using a pair of manual nail clippers for example

 

Should You Get The Furminator Or A Dremel?

We prefer the Dremel 7300-PT and the Casfuy grinders over the Furminator.

Other factors you might consider when comparing the two are:

Cost

Durability (how long the tool and it’s battery lasts for)

What’s included in the warranty

Size of the tool 

A Dremel tool may also take other Dremel accessories and allow you to do other tasks and light projects around the house.

 

Best Pet Nail Grooming Tools: Buyer’s Guide

Clippers vs Grinders vs Files – Which To Use?

Clippers use a scissors like motion and cut straight through the nail.

Grinders grind or sand the nail as opposed to cutting it.

Files gradually file the nail down.

An advantage to using clippers is that there isn’t the noise of an electric or battery operated grinder to worry about. There can be significant force required with clippers for bigger and thicker nails though 

An advantage to a grinder is that they don’t require as much impact force as a pair of clipper, and they can also round off or smooth off the nail. A disadvantage is that some pets might be slightly scared of an electric grinder or scared of the noise

An advantage of a file is that there’s no electric grinder noise. A disadvantage is that they might not be good for anything more than rounding off a nail – as opposed to cutting or grinding off larger amounts of nail

Generally, most owners might use a pair of manual nail clippers/trimmers, or a basic/affordable grinder with a sanding bit (on a sanding wheel) or a grinding stone

 

Types Of Dog/Pet Nail Grinders

The two main types are cordless, and corded pet nail grinders.

Cordless nail grinders might be categorised by the type of battery they use – replaceable, or rechargeable (lithium ion).

Beyond that, grinders might be categorised by the type of grooming bit they use – sanding bands, sanding discs, or a grinding bit/grinding stone.

 

Some Of The Features To Look Out For, Or Consider

Whether the grinder is corded or cordless

The type of battery it uses

How long the battery lasts in operation

How long the battery takes to charge

How a tool recharges – via AC charger adapter, via USB cable, or something else

The number of speeds the grinder has – two speed, one speed, variable speed

The length, and weight of the grinding tool

Whether the grinder uses grinding discs, sanding bands and drums, or grinding stones

Whether the tool comes with a kit

Whether other bits can be used with the tool to use the tool for other activities other than grooming nails

The price of the tool

What the warranty includes and how long it is

What country the tool can be used in

The number of grinding ports the tool has

The size of pet the tool is designed for – small, medium or large

 

Why We Like The Dremel & Casfuy

The Dremel PT-300 and the Casfuy are both affordable, reasonably reliable, can be used for a range of sizes of pets, and have decent value overall.

The Dremel PawControl 7760-PGK is also worth looking at because it has a rechargeable lithium ion battery.

 

Options Other Than Nail Grinders

Nail Clippers

Nail Files

 

A Note On Pet Nail Grooming & Safety

Before attempting to groom or trim your pet’s nails – go see your pet’s vet and ask them to show you a safe way to do it, and what tools to use.

They can show you important things such as where the nerve is in your pet’s nail, and how to avoid it.

 

 

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