The Struggle is Real
For those that know me, I can be a little dogmatic when it comes to cutting dog nails. I admit it. Right up there with my hot buttons of taxes and entitlements, are long dog nails. Let me put it this way, growing long nails on an otherwise gorgeous dog is like painting the Mona Lisa with a milk mustache. Eeeww!
I empathize with those of you for whom cutting your dog’s nails is a real struggle. I get it. I was there too not that long ago. If you are in this group and would like a more step-by-step “how to” approach to cutting your dog’s nails, read The Ultimate Guide To Cutting Dog Nails And Having Them Love You For It. In there I focus on using a Dremel, however, the tips are easily transferable to using a traditional dog nail clipper.
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Getting the Nail Job Done
In preparation for this post I reached out to the Big Dog Mom Facebook audience to see what equipment they were using for nail cutting. The overwhelming majority of folks are using a Dremel. Out of 81 people who voted, 63 are using a Dremel while 18 are using a traditional dog nail clipper. In addition, several people commented that their use of a Dremel or clipper was completely dependent on specific dogs and based on how well they tolerate the sound of the Dremel.
In the spirit of getting your dog’s nails to a healthy length, it really doesn’t matter which tool you use. As long as you are doing it or getting the job done (well), that is what matters and I commend you for making nails a priority. That said, this post is dedicated to my fellow Dremel users or anyone who aspires to use a Dremel for cutting their dog’s nails. I received the Diamagroove™ Rotary Tool (Boxer) from my sweet husband for Christmas and have used it a total of 5 times as of the date of this publication. This is a review of my experience with the Diamagroove™ so far.
On the outset I must tell you that I am NOT being compensated in any way for this review. I wish I was, but I’m not. It is an honest review of my personal experience and not, in any way, in partnership with the manufacturer, Whitman Sharpening. As with all of the content here on Big Dog Mom, my goal is to share my thoughts and experiences as a big dog parent to inform and empower all of you. We are on this journey together.
Advantages of the Diamagroove™
Diamagroove™ is Significantly Cooler
The first time I put the Diamagroove™ bit on and used it, it seemed very warm to me. I use a flexible shaft attachment for my Dremel and by the second dog, it was almost too hot for me to hold comfortably. Perhaps I didn’t have the bit inserted correctly or something wasn’t quite tight enough. It makes sense to me that faulty insertion of the bit would increase friction and, as a result, cause it to heat up. Fortunately, the dogs didn’t seem to mind so my guess is their nails stayed at least as cool as they did with the traditional bit.
Fortunately, I have used the Diamagroove™ 4-5 times since and I have not experienced heat anything like the first time. In fact, the flexible shaft attachment that I hold on to has been completely cool to the touch the last few times I have cut nails and the bit itself stays cool which translates to less heat on the dog’s nail. This, for me, has been one of the most significant advantages of the Diamagroove™.
One thing I love about the Dremel is my ability to get very close to the quick of the nail without actually nicking it and causing it to bleed. Because the Diamagroove™ stays so much cooler, I have been able to take my time getting Junior’s and Sulley’s nails cut. I usually keep the speed on my Dremel between 10,000-15,000 RPM due to the increased sound at the faster speeds. I have found that with the Diamagroove™ I am able to more quickly cut the boys’ nails at the same speed. And because it stays cooler than my old bit, I am able to use my time to shape the nail and really get them close to the quick without nicking it.
Durability of the Diamagroove™
Because I trim nails once per week, my Dremel bits get pretty worn out. With a traditional Dremel bit you can see the wear on the sandpaper as you are cutting the nail. And over time these bits need to be replaced. In the short time I’ve been using the Diamagroove™ I have not seen any wear on it whatsoever. Testimonials from fellow big dog friends who have been using the Diamagroove™ for over a year have supported the company’s claim that it will outlast other rotary tools. Time will tell.
Diamagroove™ Boxer Model
This model has a concave design and grit all the way to the tip. It is specially designed to polish/grind the topside of the nail as well as grind the end of the nail making it a terrific option for dog groomers, dog breeders and anyone who wants healthy short nails and gorgeous paws. The combination of this bit and the flexible shaft attachment have made the entire experience of cutting my big dogs’ nails easy and efficient.
Made In the USA!
The Diamagroove™ is manufactured by Whitman Sharpening located in Michigan.
Disadvantages of the Diamagroove™
The cost of the Diamagroove™ is $150. You heard me right, $150, for a Dremel bit. You may be tempted to hit the back button right now, but let me explain why I feel this bit is worth the investment.
First, dog nails should be a priority. Keeping your dog’s nails at a healthy length not only looks better, it’s better for them. Long nails can cause pain both from compensated movement and from the nail being pushed up into the nail bed. These are huge issues, especially for big dogs.
Second, for those fellow left brains out there, here’s how I like to think about this type of investment:
The total cost is $150. If you divide that by 12 months in a year, the Diamagroove™ would cost you $12.50 per month. I cut nails at least once per week. So if I take that $12.50 and divide by, say, 4 weeks per month, that equals $3.13. With that number in mind, think about what else you spend $3.13 on each week; Starbucks, fast food, or even random toys or treats for your dog. Perhaps there is room in your budget to eliminate one small item per week in order to start your Diamagroove™ fund?
I wanted the Diamagroove™ for several years before I got one and so far I am really happy with it. Junior and Sulley seem to enjoy the cooler bit and more efficient cutting which are the most important metrics for me. But given the substantial financial investment, I am interested to see how well it holds up over time and how that compares with the traditional bits that come with the Dremel.
Do you have a Diamagroove™ Rotary Tool? If so, I would love to know how my experience compares with your own. If you don’t have one, would you consider getting one? Why or why not? Please drop me a note in the comments below.