I consider myself a middle-of-the-road kind of gadget girl. I do not surf the Internet looking for the latest techie treasure, but I can be wooed by a good marketing pitch.
Advertising callouts like “amazing,” “easy,” “magic” and “reverse aging” usually do it for me.
I typically confine my experimental, consumer impulses to personal care products and household inventions. I once got the Tap-Tap-Teaser stuck so tightly in my hair I had to have it professionally removed! Experience has taught me to exercise caution with too good to be true purchases. A late-night infomercial about the “incredible” PediPaws caught my attention and weakened my self-control.
What Is PediPaws?
PediPaws Pet Nail Trimmer (affiliate link) is a grooming tool designed to trim nails with “perfect control/perfect results” — that is what the commercial promises. The advertisement features a woman (who also has perfectly manicured nails) using the device on an extremely comfortable-looking yellow Lab.
The dog appeared nearly hypnotized by the gentle humming of the PediPaws wand. One, two, three and done! I had to have it! Armed with a credit card, I grabbed the phone and in 10 days the “revolutionary nail trimmer for my cat or dog” arrived.
We have three dogs. All three of our fur-children are young, spirited and very active, so trimming nails once a month is invariably a monthlong project. As is the case with most pet owners, it is not a job I enjoy.
I have tried the scissor-type of clippers and the guillotine version with similar results. I am timid about trimming dog nails and worry about clipping too short into the nail bed. Few things are worse than gazing into those big, trusting, puppy-dog eyes while holding the paw, and then hearing the yelp of pain when the clip goes too close into the quick.
So I cut in very thin, cautious layers. If the nail is too brittle it cracks or breaks in a jagged edge, which requires filing. The dogs do not have the tolerance for this process and it is a struggle, so I give them (and myself) a break after two paws. PediPaws offered a true promise of relief for all of us; fast, easy and safe.
Out of the Box
PediPaws is a simple-looking enough tool. The device operates on two C cell batteries that are inserted into the bottom. A rotating sandpaper strip (three refills are included with purchase) is enclosed in the head of the PediPaws.
A small opening at the end of the protective cap covering the rotor fits over the pet’s nail. The control is on the side of the wand, and when activated the rotor turns and files the nail.
True to Test
The directions recommend introducing the pet to the PediPaws before use. Great advice! I took one dog at a time for their manicure (or is it pedicure?). My male Lagotto, Luke, tends to be easiest to control. Luke is skeptical about the new “toy,” but being absolutely treat-oriented he proves easy to desensitize to the hum of the motor.
I turned the PediPaws on and gave him a high-end treat (I wasn’t taking chances on that perfect control feature)! Soon he was comfortable with the burr, and I went for the first paw. Following the instructions, I inserted the nail into the opening. I gently pressed on the paw pad to extend the claw as I worked the PediPaws in rounded up-and-down motions for about five seconds as directed.
I was amazed. I think Luke was too. Despite a few initial tugs to try to free his paw, he didn’t mind the process a bit. Upon finishing each nail I gave him another treat, and I repeated the process a few times until the nails were smooth and rounded. We were finished with all four paws in less than 30 minutes!
Lottie, the female Lagotto, is younger and a bit more hyperactive. I tackled her next. She was curious about the device — sniffing, licking and trying a tentative nibble. When I switched the PediPaws on, Lottie jumped and backed against the counter, but I coaxed her to me with a treat. I followed my successful Luke process, and soon we were finished with her four paws as well.
My confidence running high, it was time to bring in the big dog. Itzi is a 115-pound Anatolian shepherd. Her thick, black nails always give me the most trouble. She is skittish and not susceptible to treat bribery. I brought Itzi inside and let her check out the PediPaws in the off position until she was comfortable with the device itself.
I turned the rotor on, and she eyed it with suspicion. I kept the motor running and rubbed Itzi’s back and legs, first with my hands then with the PediPaws. Finally I felt she was comfortable enough to slip her first nail into the device. She watched warily, but she didn’t appear to mind the noise either.
As soon as the rotor hit her nail the PediPaws died. User error. I must have drained the batteries with all the time spent coaxing and working on the other dogs. I refreshed the batteries, unscrewed the protective cap, emptied the filings and replaced the sandpaper with a new insert.
Itzi was sleeping when I got back to her so I repeated the desensitizing process. It took considerably longer on her nails, but I finished Itzi’s paws in record time as well.
Does PediPaws Work Well? It Did for Me.
Some of the PediPaws consumer remarks I read were complaints about the motor not being powerful enough for thick nails, the buzzing noise being too scary for the pet and the entire process with the device being too time-consuming. However, my experience could not have been smoother.
Taking the time up front to acclimate the dogs to the device is key. Not forcing but calming and comforting the animal at each step goes a long way in their acceptance of the process.
Changing the batteries frequently, even during use with the same animal, may be required if the dog has especially thick nails.
As for time-consuming, this “amazing, easy, magic” tool turned a stressful job that usually took weeks into a fast, pleasant experience. It may not reverse the effects of aging, but for $10 (plus $6.99 shipping and handling) it certainly gets this middle-of-the-road kind of gadget girl’s seal of approval.
Video Review of PediPaws
For another opinion on this product, watch this quick video review. As you’ll see, the reviewer doesn’t actually take the time to get his Boston Terrier acclimated to the tool, and the noise scares the dog:
By the way, if you’re wondering if PediPaws works on cats — you’d probably be best to stay away from it. You will have a difficult time fitting the claw into the plastic hole far enough to reach the emery strip. It’s not a good solution for trimming cat’s claws.
- PediPaws: Official website
- Consumer Search: PediPaws reviews