The 5 Best Dremel Bits For Dog Nails

Looking to use a dremel to file down your dog’s nails? We covered how to do that in a previous article. In this article we’ll cover the five best dremel bits we could find for dog nails.

The 5 Best Dremel Bits For Dog Nails

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Best Replacement Bits by Dremel

Dremel SD60-PGK EZ Lock Pet Nail Grooming Sanding Discs
  • Sized to fit inside the Dremel pet grooming nail guard
  • Fits EZ lock mandrel for fast and easy accessory changes
  • Can be used for general sanding purposes
  • Ideal grit for pet nail grooming

What We Like

  • Made by Dremel (not generic)
  • Real bargain
  • 3 nail trims per sanding disc (think of these like disposable razors)

What We Don’t Like

  • Requires the Dremel pet grooming nail guard (or some serious grooming skills – the flat edge outside the guard is way too likely to cut toes). Note that this is usually a kit with dremel (see picture below). It’s not an easy attachment to buy simply off Amazon that you can add to an existing dremel.
  • Can cause nails to get hot (like all grinders)
  • Discs don’t last long with regular use (try cones or sanding cylinders below for longer life)

Dremel PawControl Dog Nail Grinder and Trimmer- Safe & Humane Pet Grooming Tool Kit- Cordless & Rechargeable Claw Grooming Kit for Dogs, Cats, and Small Animals 7760-PGK

Dremel Nail Guard – How to Setup and How to Use on Dog Nails

Best Sanding Bits by Dremel as a Budget Option

Dremel 432 1/2-Inch 120 Grit Sanding Bands, 6 Pack
  • Ideal for rough-shaping and smoothing wood and fiberglass
  • Removes rust from metal; shapes rubber surfaces
  • Covered with aluminum oxide abrasive
  • Features fine 120-grit sanding
  • Measures 1/2 inch in thickness; pack of 6

What We Like

  • Pays for itself fast – typical groomers charge $10 to $25 to trim and polish your dog’s nails
  • Takes nails down quickly without chipping or damage
  • Bands last longer than discs
  • Can use on most Dremels (don’t need the dog nail specific one with guard)
  • Fast, pain-free, and safe

What We Don’t Like

  • Need to double check your Dremel to these specific band numbers. Check the model in the Amazon listing then check your hardware and Dremel’s website to make sure everything matches. Then double check! A bit annoying but important so it works.

Best Dremel Drum Sander for Dog Nails

Dremel 407 1/2" Drum Sander
  • Power Tools and Accessories
  • Country of manufacture: China
  • Manufacturer: Dremel
  • Ideal for rough-shaping and smoothing wood and fiberglass
  • Removes rust from metal; shapes rubber surfaces

What We Like

  • Lasts longer than discs or thin drum sanders
  • works wonders on dog nails
  • standard good quality dremel tool

What We Don’t Like

  • Just comes with one drum sander (not a multipack); however, these last longer than expected
  • Check the model of this drum against your Dremel and make sure they are compatible!

Best Long Lasting Diamond Bits (not by Dremel)

Groomer's Best Friend Diamond Rotary Nail Grinder Bit - Painless Nail Trimmer Bits Won't Pull Hair or Get Hot - Bit Size Large
  • 🐕 SMOOTHER EDGES - An essential tool for professional groomers and pet-owners alike to achieve perfectly smooth nails. Large bit is ideal for dogs 30 lbs+.
  • 🐕 FITS MOST ROTARY TOOLS – Use with the rotary nail grinder tool of your choice, including the Diamondg and Dremel brands
  • 🐕 QUICK TRIMMING - The proprietary shape of our trimmers painlessly removes just the right length from the bottom nail tips and sides at the same time. They also come with a fine tip for polishing.
  • 🐕 PERFECT FOR ANXIOUS DOGS - These diamond nail grinder bits run cooler than typical sanding drums for unparalleled comfort and no-jitters paw grooming. They will not wear out or overheat.
  • 🐕 LIFETIME WEAR WARRANTY - Our heavy-duty diamond nail rotary grinder is recommended by the members of Groom Team USA. If you are not satisfied, contact us and we will make it right for you!

What We Like

  • U-shape rounds nail edges as you grind them down
  • Great for small dogs
  • Somewhat less vibration – can be better for dogs that don’t like grinding (See training article on this)
  • Doesn’t hurt as much when you accidentally hit a knuckle or your dog’s feet
  • Cool – Doesn’t get as hot as other sanders
  • Super smooth nails
  • Doesn’t snag hair

What We Don’t Like

  • Need to apply more pressure than when using a sander
  • More expensive than sander options

Best For Budget

Andis Nail Grinder Replacement Accessory Pack, Multi, 5.75 x 0.50 x 4.00 inches (65920)
  • Two sizes of sanding drums and bands make it easy to use on any size dog or cat breed
  • Finishing stone for final shaping and a smooth finish
  • The easy and quick stress-free way to give your pet a perfect pedicure
  • Smoother, rounded nails keep your floors and furniture safe from scratches
  • No more cutting into the quick or rough edges that occur with nail clipping

What We Like

  • Multipack with lots of options for different types of dog nails
  • Since it’s a multipack the whole thing lasts longer than individual bits
  • Great for dogs that can’t tolerate nail clippers (must be trained to grind though)

What We Don’t Like

  • Multipack downside – you can’t use all the sizes on the same dog! Well you can but it takes more skill. Some sizes just aren’t as easy on certain nail sizes and you may waste those.
  • Takes practice – True of all open grinders without guards. You have to be extra careful not to touch the other dog toes. Dremels move fast and sanders can do damage. See the diamond option above for easier to use bits that don’t hurt as much when you accidentally hit other toes (or your finger).


Can You Use A Regular Dremel On Dog Nails?

Yes, a regular dremel works fine on pet nails. You can also get nail grinders made just for this purpose but a dremel works great. See the attached dremel bit with a nail guard. There are multiple dremel bits that will work for this.

Which Dremel To Use For Dog Nails?

We recommend the following models that work with Dremels when grinding your dog’s nails:

  • Sanding Discs

Dremel SD60-PGK EZ Lock Pet Nail Grooming Sanding Discs

  • Dremel Sanding Tubes

Dremel 432 1/2-Inch 120 Grit Sanding Bands, 6 Pack

  • Nail Grinder Multipack

Andis (Pet) 65920 Nail Grinder Replacement Accessory Pack, 5.75 x 0.50 x 4.00 inches,Multi

Is It Better To Grind Or Clip Dog Nails?

Clipping works best when you can see the quick. It’s faster, causes less stress, and the nails don’t heat up like they do with grinding.

Grinding works best for dark or black nails where you can’t see the quick. It’s also better for large, thick, or strong nails. Grinding lets you remove nail little by little so you don’t cut into the quick. You can check the end as you go to confirm when it’s done.

Grinding also lets you smooth the edge of the nail so it doesn’t catch on carpet and accidentally further tear the nail (or the carpet).

How Do You Know Where The Quick Is On Black Dog Nails?

Find the quick by looking at the end of your dog’s nail. As you clip or grind you’ll notice a small dark spot forming in the center of the nail. This is the beginning of the quick. Once you see that stop cutting or grinding.

Does Grinding A Dog’s Nails Hurt Them?

Not if done well. Grinding can cause pain when you do one of the following:

  • You grind too long and the nail heats up
  • You grind into the quick – stop when you see a dark circle forming at the end of the nail
  • The vibration stresses out your dog – stop if your dog is constantly pulling it’s legs away.

If your dog doesn’t like grinding (or clipping) take some time to learn dog grooming techniques and get your dog more comfortable with the process. See our article here or the video below.

How Often Should I Dremel My Dogs Nails?

Nail trimming frequency depends on how fast your dog’s nails grow. One rule of thumb is to cut them once every week or two. Monitor your dogs nails to see how quickly they grow and adjust the schedule from there.

Some dogs can go much longer than a trim every two weeks.

With our chihuahua mix, we walk here daily on sidewalks. This keeps her main nails trim so we never need to cut them. We only cut the dew claws once every two to four weeks.

How Do You Grind Overgrown Dog Nails?

For dew claws we recommend trimming with clippers if they get overgrown. They tend to curl in on themselves. Grinding takes longer and can be more dangerous with in grown nails.

For the standard dog claws (not dew claws) you can grind overgrown nails as usual per the instructions here. It’ll take longer so you may want to break it up into a few sessions over two days. That helps reduce any anxiety your dog might have about it.

Also, you can walk your dog more often on sidewalks or concrete. This will also help naturally wear down the nails.

Dremel PawControl Dog Nail Grinder and Trimmer- Safe & Humane Pet Grooming Tool Kit- Cordless & Rechargeable Claw Grooming Kit for Dogs, Cats, and Small Animals 7760-PGK
  • Easy to use, nail grooming kit solution – Provides a safe & gentle alternative to pet nail clippers or a dog nail file. The nail grinding kit includes everything novice & experienced groomers need to trim their pet's claws in the comfort of their home.
  • Nail guard – Features a 45 degree paw guide for optimal nail trimming angle & dust collection. Reducing the risk of clipping the claws too short or hurting your pet.
  • Multiple grooming options: 9 piece grooming accessory set, for multiple nail grinding options. Patented EZ twist nose cap makes accessory changes easy.
  • Rechargeable battery: Never run out of power. With the 4-volt Lithium-Ion battery and convenient USB charger. The nail grinder is ready to groom when you are.
  • Lightweight & portable - Cordless design & soft grip material gives you the confidence and freedom to groom anywhere.