I’ve owned a PediPaws Pet Nail Trimmer for dogs for about 10 years now so I think I’m qualified to write a proper review of the device. I didn’t just try it once, get frustrated and give up, I’ve actually perfected the Pedipaws and with 4 dogs, you can imagine how much money I save.
Some dogs need to have their nails trimmed about every 4 weeks at a cost of $10 – $14 per nail trim. That’s $130 – $182 dollars per year, per dog, without tax, tip, gas, or even considering the hassle of getting your dog or dogs into the car and into the groomer and then waiting and the driving home and all that business. With 4 dogs you can see why I was looking for a different solution.
I got the Pedipaws, kind of on a lark, figuring it wouldn’t work, but wanting to try it.
I’ll be honest, at first I thought it was a piece of junk and my dogs hated it and I got frustrated and annoyed, but then I watched the instruction video and tried again. I took my time and went gently, slowly filing away layer after layer of their nails. My dogs didn’t like it at first but they’ve gotten use to it now. They lay in my lap and I hold them in place by wrapping my arm around them and I slowly do each nail, then each paw, and then I’m done. (I use it on my two cats too.)
I use it once a month and the key is to really take your time. I sit out on the back patio with a towel in my lap and treats in a jar and I give them lots of love and praise as I do it as the instruction video guided me and my Pedipaws works great 10 years later, it’s cost almost nothing to keep it up, and it was very inexpensive to purchase to begin with.
I understand that it’s not for everyone but I honestly think it’s a great product for someone who really doesn’t want to make trips to the groomer or just likes doing things themselves. It’s probably not going to be the best for a very skittish animal, but if you are patient and stick with it, I feel like any animal can get use to it. I’m sure it’s an odd sensation to have a dremel held to your nails, and the initial instinct is to pull away, but I was patient and years later I almost embarrassed to admit that I can’t imagine not having a Pedipaws in my life. I do rescue work and even use it on my foster dogs and they all pull away initially and then relax in my lap and let me do it.
My advice is not to get frustrated just because your dog or cat pulls their paws away and to be patient. Don’t approach from the front and shove their paw into the device, sit with the animal in your lap, an arm wrapped around them for comfort (like a Thundervest) and gently place the nail into the slot. Try to hold it so they can’t pull away, without pressing too hard. Remember, you don’t want it to be traumatic but you don’t want to make it harder on yourself by letting them constantly pull their nail away which is the natural reaction to the vibration of the device.
Pedipaws would make a great stocking stuffer for any animal lover.
I’ve seen some negative reviews from people who tried the Pedipaws once and then gave it a bad rating and I just don’t think that trying a product once is a fair way to actually review any product.
I saw one review that said the Pedipaws ate up batteries, I haven’t found this to be true at all. The batteries last as long as they do in any other device that sits in a drawer for 4 weeks at a time. I replace the batteries about once a year I guess. (Note: You’ll need two C alkaline batteries.)
I’ve heard people call it junk but mine works great 10 years later. It’s not a professional grade dremel, but it’s not junk.
Like a lot of products, if you aren’t a patient person who follows directions, this is probably not for you.
I’ve had a very positive experience with my Pedipaws but can’t really seem to convince any of my friends to try one out.
Have you tried a Pedipaws? What was your experience?