Dremel bit for dog nls

Dremel bit for dog nls

by: MimiMay 27, 2013

What is the proper way to remove dog nls? My 14 lb Maltese has a couple loose ones and I was told it is better to just trim them short. However, my dog keeps scratching her ears and head so it has become inflamed and very itchy. I also noticed that one of the loose nls was actually embedded in the skin. Can I trim it off without her feeling pn? Or is it better to just get it cut off? I know this is the first time I have ever had to deal with this and I would love some advice on how to properly handle this situation.

by: AnonymousMay 27, 2013

I use a large pr of scissors for the removal. I work from the tip of the nl, just until I come to the end.

by: AnonymousMay 27, 2013

Thanks for your response. I was wondering how do you do this. I have removed them with just scissors and tried pulling them with pliers, but I don't want to harm her. I also want to avoid getting nl clippers.

by: MimiMay 27, 2013

It sounds like you are removing one with scissors and the other with pliers. The way to handle this situation is to remove them with a Dremel bit. The dog will not feel the pn at all. The dog will just see the nl, not the tip of the nl or the end of the nl, then it is removed. I just saw this for the first time in May 2013 and found it on Youtube so it may have been discussed before.

by: meeMay 28, 2013

There is a very good chance that pulling nls out can cause infections, which can sometimes be fatal. Even pulling them short with scissors or a claw hammer can cause an infection to develop. There are several types of tools that can be used to remove nls. We used the Dremel bit you mentioned, and I don't know if it would work on the tips of the nls or not. But since she's very young I think you're better off sticking with pliers and a file, but agn, not sure on the tools.

by: J.May 28, 2013

If I had a dog like you sd, I would probably not want to put her through this. I can imagine she will be traumatized over something so mundane. I was not aware this was a common thing to do. However, if it is a common practice with small dogs, I imagine it is a practice with larger dogs as well, at least in your country. Do you feel that having your nls clipped (if that is what you do) causes more damage to their paws? I will leave you with this final question - why do you think a dog would prefer their nls be removed?

If your answers to the questions above were no, there's no real need for the nl clipping in this situation. If your answers were yes, there is a good reason to have them removed and that reason is to stop a potentially deadly infection.

by: HeatherMay 29, 2013

Hi everyone, I'm Heather, owner of Huckleberry Hill Farm ( . I'm really happy that this discussion is happening. I am going to use all of your thoughts to be part of making this farm better and better for all of our animals.

Jenny, my farm manager, actually is a dog person, and she tells me that it hurts her dogs to get their nls clipped. I have not experienced any negative reactions to clipping their nls, so far. (I am not a large-dog person)I agree with you on this issue. Also, in the photo from your site, I couldn't believe my eyes. As I sd before, no, this is not normal.

We do use the laser treatment in the barn and on other types of equipment, for horses and cows. I really appreciate the concern.

by: ToniMay 29, 2013

I agree with the statement and the reasoning behind why we keep the horses in the barn. The animals are sensitive to noise, and it can traumatize them. Also, the dogs would not be around them all day and all night because they need their rest. As for the nls being clipped, I think the only ones that should be clipped are the dogs. They do not live with the horses so they do not have the responsibility of keeping them clean and safe.

by: JohnMay 29, 2013

I agree with the comment above that the laser treatment of animals is cruel and inhumane. It is also expensive. I will try to get more information for the farm owners on this problem and use it in educating the public and my employees about this practice. I will also contact animal organizations regarding this matter.

Thank you for your concern.

by: maryJune 01, 2013

I live on the property and I don't agree with the idea of "humanely treating the dogs with a laser beam.". This idea of treating animals with "pn" is totally wrong and should be stopped. I am also very concerned about the dogs having nls left unclipped. I have 3 dogs of my own and I am very familiar with the pn and distress that this treatment causes animals. Also, the dogs might try to bite the laser technician while he or she is shining the laser beam on their nls.

Thank you for you concern.

by: CindyJuly 19, 2013

My husband and I are looking to buy some property out in our backcountry that has horses on it. We are currently looking at a property that has a barn with a lot of horses in it. We really like the idea of being able to visit the horses but we don't want to own one ourselves. Since this place is a sanctuary for wild horses we were told that they treat their animals well and keep them very clean. But what we were told bothers us is that they cut the horses' nls on a dly basis. We believe this is a form of torture and should be stopped. The only reason we would want to own horses is so we could see them up close and personal, just like our dogs. We would treat them very well and they would not go on a diet. We also would only cut their nls when they have been out in the pasture or when they come to visit us at our house.

Thank you for your concern.

by: KarenJune 30, 2013

I am sure you are well meaning but your treatment of the horses is cruel and inhumane. Animals should not be treated like that, you should have at least a horsemanship degree and you should be in a professional facility, you are not.

by: DebJanuary 12, 2013

I have recently purchased a horse/pony to help my son and grandson with there love for horses. I have read all the concerns here and have a better understanding of what to expect from a sanctuary. I know I am going into it under the premise of being there as a parent and I will be there as a parent. But as a person of fth I also believe in being a good steward of all life and I do not have a problem in treating the horse with respect and kindness. I hope that there is no animosity towards me or my intentions.

by: DebJanuary 12, 2013

I have recently purchased a horse/pony to help my son and grandson with there love for horses. I have read all the concerns here and have a better understanding of what to expect from a sanctuary. I know I am going into it under the premise of being there as a

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