Peticure vs PediPaws – Find Out Which is Better

by Theresa on April 1, 2009 · 3 comments

Peticure and PediPaws are almost identical pet nail trimmers. I can see how a lot of pet owners could confuse the two. Most pet owners hate clipping their pet's nails. Your pet squirms, it's awkward to restrain them and you're trying not to hurt them by cutting the nail below the quick. Have a look at the differences between the Peti Cure and PediPaws in this video review.

Find out if Pedi Paws or Pedicure is better

The Claims

  • Peticure and PediPaws both claim to be revolutionary pet nail trimmers.
  • Fast, easy, gentle way to keep your pet's nails trim, smooth and round with no pain or mess.
  • Precision emery filing wheel gently removes thin layers of nail.
  • Leaves your home safe from scratches and your pet's paws soft to the touch.
  • The protective cap catches filings so there's no mess.
  • [tags]peticure_vs_pedipaws[/tags]Both have rotating files but unlike pet clippers they're not supposed to crack or split the nail.
  • You can find both of these products in stores that sell As Seen on TV products.
  • By the way, one Peticure user mentioned that you need to use a good "C" battery.

The Test

Megan tries the nail trimmers on both her dog and cat. It was nice that pet expert Dr. Karyl Ropko on hand for her advice.

Peticure vs PediPaw Results

Peticure

Overall the Peticure seemed to do a much better job.  The file seemed to rotate at a higher RPM. It's also much smoother and quicker than the PediPaws.

Regular sized Peticure

Regular sized Peticure

This is the Peticure Petite

This is the Peticure Petite

PediPaws
PediPaws seemed to vibrate on the nail.  It stalls and stops rotating when nails are being trimmed. Dr. Ropko felt PediPaws didn't spin as quickly as PediPaws.  If you need to take off a significant length of nail, it takes 10 to 20 minutes of on-off grinding.

Here's what the Pedi Paws looks like

PediPaws

For Both Peticure and PediPaws

  1. The one good thing is that neither of them cause bleeding.
  2. The noise can be scary for most pets.Peticure has more power than Pedi Paws
  3. The grinder causes friction and can actually get the claw really hot. So you can only grind for a few seconds at a time before you need to move off the claw.
  4. Both makers warn that your pets may need some positive reinforcement and training to get used to the nail trimmers. The directions say that it can take up to a week to get your pets used to the sound.
  5. Even after following the instructions to gradually introduce pets, some completely hate it.
  6. Peticure may be good to round sharp ends off after clipping them.

Megan tried both nail trimmers for several weeks and discovered a few more issues.

  1. Meagan stopped using PediPaws all together.
  2. Her dog never got used to it and actually became more scared because he knew it was coming.
  3. It took way too long to trim her dog’s nails. She felt that clipping was much quicker.
  4. It was quicker with her cat, so Megan thought it may work better on smaller dogs and cats.
  5. Very messy and smelly since the nail dust goes all over the place. It's supposed to stay in the protective cap but it seems to seep out. She had to empty the device every three nails.

You can compare consumer comments of Dog Nail Trimmers on Amazon



The Final Verdict
Peticure and PediPaws are just too much trouble to use. I've also seen a couple other video reviews and they mentioned the same thing. Unless you have a really laid back cat or dog and have ample time on your hands, both of these nail trimmers aren't for you. It's much easier just to head over to a vet or salon and save you and your pet lots of stress. Talking about stress...if you've ever wanted to remove pet stains off your carpet  I came across two videos for you.

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1 KIMBERLY SCHREYER October 12, 2009

I RECENTLY PURCHASED THE Peti-Paws FOR MY DOG,”BALTHAZAR” (ZAR) WHO IS A 93.5 LB 3/4 HUSKY/1/4 AKITA MIX THAT FIRST GOT INTRODUCED TO HAVING HIS NAILS TRIMMED WITH A DREMIL WHEN I WORKED FOR A GROOMER FOR A YEAR. HE NEVER LIKED IT BUT IMHO TOLERATED IT ONLY BECAUSE I WOULD USE IT ON HIM (ALL FOUR PAWS) RIGHT BEFORE WE WERE GOING SOMEWHERE HE REALLY ENJOYED (LIKE THE DOG PARK) AND I WOULD HAVE MY TRUCK PACKED UP WITH HIS DOGGY PARK GEAR, THE ENGINE WOULD BE RUNNING, THE BACK DOOR TO THE TRUCK OPEN…. AND I WOULD TRIM DOWN HIS NAILS WITH MY “PORTABLE WAL-MART SPECIAL” DREMIL RIGHT THERE WITH HIM TIED UP RIGHT NEXT TO NEXT THE TRUCK. HE WOULD JUST STAND THERE, TOTALLY PLACID, UNTIL ALL FOUR FEET WERE DONE AND THEN I WOULD UNTIE HIM AND LET HIM JUMP INTO THE TRUCK AND OFF WE’D GO TO THE DOGPARK! NOW, DON’T GET ME WRONG… I LOVE THE DREMIL, AND YES, IT’S TRUE… THE PEDI-PAWS TAKES ABOUT 10 TIMES LONGER.. BUT “ZAR” REALLY DOESN’T MIND THE PEDI-PAWS AT ALL. MAYBE THE DREMIL GETS HOT OR SOMETHING.. I REALLY DON’T KNOW BUT HE STILL GETS A LIL’ AGITATED WHENEVER I DO USE THE DREMIL. THE PEDI-PAWS DOESN’T BOTHER HIM WHATSOEVER! I JUST DO ONE PAW A DAY (AND THAT TAKES A GOOD 15 MINUTES TO DO ONE PAW VERSUS 1-2 MINUTES TO DO ALL FOUR PAWS WITH THE DREMIL!). I ALSO LOVE THE NICE SMOOTH ROUNDED FINISH THAT THE PEDI-PAWS DOES TO “ZAR’S” TOENAILS WHEN I’M FINISHED. HIS FEET LOOK GREAT! I GIVE THE PEDI-PAWS A BIG THUMBS UP!!

2 Zan November 12, 2010

I don’t use either products; instead I use a Dremel tool with a medium-grain sanding bit. It is essentially the same thing, minus the protective cap. I bought the smallest wireless one right before these products came out.

My dog hated the groomers worse than me grooming her. Not only was it easier to get her used to me using a dremel than a stranger trimming her nails, it is a lot cheaper. I think I may get one of these specialized tools, especially after reading Kimberly’s review.

Most people introduce the tool wrong. The dog has to get completely used to each stage before you can move on to the next stage; just like with any dog training. Rushing will teach the dog to be afraid of it. I have a very skittish rescue dog and know several foster “parents” who swear by using a dremel or pedicure or pedipaws. It did not take a week, it took a month to get my large dog to accept the dremel. She had to get used to the noise to the point where she would obey commands like “down” and “paw”. She then had to get comfortable with me handling her paws while hearing the sound of the machine. Then the machine was in my hands getting close to her. Then it was touching her paw for only an instance. Then it was one nail quickly, two nails, lengthening the time until it was a paw, two paws, all paws. Every time she got treats and positive praise. She still gets a few small treats to maintain a positive experience. She also gets play time after each session.

Also, you definitely have to keep contact very brief, only a few seconds per nail. I rotate between all the nails on the paw until the nails are done. Otherwise, the contact point heats up very quickly. The one time I allowed the nail to get too hot my big girl didn’t want to continue, so it has to hurt!

Yes, it takes a while. But so does dropping off the dog at the groomer’s and picking him/her back up. So does fighting a squirmy dog with a traditional nail clipper. It takes me less time to use the dremel than it does to drive to the groomer’s twice for drop off and pick up.

The mess is only a little bad until you get the nails down to a good short length, and then maintain the length regularly. Even then, a quick vacuum or sweep cleans up the nail dust. A lot of people wait until their dog’s nails are curling and pushing the toes up when the dog walks before trimming. That’s a lot of nail to get through, and the quick gets longer when this happens. Either get the nails trimmed when this happens or do the nails a little at a time until they are short again. Otherwise a 5-10 minute job will be much longer and less pleasant for the dog.

3 mrs pugachev June 30, 2011

I used the PediPaws on my pug. The sound and vibration really freaked him out more than trimming. I never used it again but not for that reason. He leaned forward and it PULLED OUT HIS WHISKERS!!! I DO NOT RECOMMEND this product. I easily could have been a lip or tongue as a dog will be likely to attempt to get his paw away from it. To this day he has fewer whiskers on one side. Funny story, seemingly good idea for a pet solution but should not be sold without serious, large warnings on the product