Review: FURminator nail trimmer and grinder

A few years ago I tried the PediPaws nail grinder on my dogs and was sorely disappointed. I gave it a good chance, but I ended up tossing it in the trash. So when the FURminator folks asked if I’d like to try their new nail trimmer I was hoping it would fare better than the PediPaws.

furminator nail trimmer and grinderAfter using the FURminator nail grinder, I’ve decided that I’m happy with it, and it will not be going into the trash. The motor is quiet enough that it doesn’t make Archie or Lydia nervous. It seems to have a high enough RPM that it does a good job of grinding down the nails fairly quickly. Even so, it takes a bit longer than the dogs are willing to sit still for. If I just do a few nails at a time it’s fine and the dogs will sit relatively still. (Of course, bribing them with treats always helps!) It does a good job of filing down the nails, but if all you wanted to use was the grinder, I think it would work better on smaller dogs. Mine are both about 40 lbs. and Archie has some pretty hefty nails.

I also tried the FURminator nail clippers. These are heavy duty clippers with a substantial feel in the hand, and the rubberized handle keeps them from slipping as the cut is made. The stainless steel blade is such that it handled my dogs nails easily, so my thought is that they’ll work great on bigger dogs as well as cats.

Since both of my dogs have dark nails, I’m always concerned about getting the quick. So, what seems to work best is to cut their nails with the nail trimmer, then follow up with the grinder. This way I can stop when I feel I’m getting too close to the quick (or when they tell me I am). I’ve been using them both like this for the past few months and it makes nail trimming much easier on all of us.

Disclaimer: regardless of what type of trimmer/grinder I use to cut my dogs’ nails, they always get treats as part of the deal!

See the FURminator website for more information on their nail trimming tools.

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Cool Lice images

A few nice Lice images I found:

Psyllid (Jumping Plant Louse)

Image by bareego
Maybe 5-7 mm long,working on ID, if you have any idea please let me know. This seems to be the female, I also had some shots of the male and some mating but sadly those were all out of focus

I’ll go with Psyllid (Jumping Plant Lice) for now, thanks to the Bugman, Ed :O)

Ant and Plant Lice

Image by Oddgeir Hvidsten
An ant extracting honedew from the plant lice. I’ve never photographed this phenomenon before…

From Wikipedia: "Some species of ants "farm" aphids, protecting them on the plants they eat, eating the honeydew that the aphids release from the terminations of their alimentary canals. This is a "mutualistic relationship".

These "dairying ants" "milk" the aphids by stroking them with their antennae."

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Boredom and variety

Boredom and variety


Boredom and variety are always inter connected in case of dog misbehaving. Yes. This is true. Many a times, boredom can be managed with variety of materials that will distract the animals to a greater extent.  Hence, the dog may not do the abnormal or unwanted activity arising out of the boredom experienced by it.


Boredom experienced dogs may have different types of behavioral patterns.  For example, some dogs will be seen barking continuously and some may be engaged always in some digging activities.


There are many ways to get your dog out of its boredom activities. Many toys are available which simulated duck, dog, rodent etc.


These may be kept inside the crate and in particular, puppies love these items.  A buster cube with multiple treats may be placed in the dog’s shelter and the animal soon understands on how to roll the buster cube to get the treats it prefers. A Buster Cube is an ingenious toy use for simulating and activating your dog during play and feed time.  Instead of placing the food monotonously in one place, change the place of feeding suddenly.


Such actions will be helpful for removing the boredom like activity in your dog. Activities pertaining to boredom need to be redefined well by the dog owners.  This will help them to a greater extent to drive away the unwanted behavior patterns in their pet dogs.


For example, some dogs may often have destructive biting characters and will be seen biting chair, cloth, mats, and everything that can see. After ruling out the teething problem if it is a puppy, provide  it with some large sized balls, mineral mixture based bone materials, etc. Such variety of materials help to reduce the boredom related activities.  




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Merrick Pet Care Recalls

Merrick Pet Care, Inc. of Amarillo, Texas is recalling all lots of its 10 oz “Beef Filet Squares” for Dogs and “Texas Hold’ems” pet treats because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella  can affect animals and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products. People handling the treats can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the chews or any surfaces exposed to these products. Consumers should dispose of these products in a safe manner by securing them in a covered trash receptacle.

The “Beef Filet Squares” & “Texas Hold’ems” were shipped to distributors and retailers throughout the US. These individuals have been notified and have activated their recall procedures.

Consumers who have purchased 10 ounce packages of “Beef Filet Squares for Dogs” & “Texas Hold’ems” are urged to return the unused portion to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-664-7387 M-F 8:00 – 5:00 CDT


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Michael Balzary “Flea” In Back To The Future 3

Original Version

Flea Bass DVD Lesson very helpful, even for people which are playing bass for a long time!
Video Rating: 4 / 5

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The Puddle Monster

She was pretty proud of herself.

Crazy Coulee and Little Lacey

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Win a Collapsible Double-Feeder, Grippmat, and Doggie Travel Cup from Popware

We get a lot of things in the mail here at Dogster HQ, and only a small sample of them tip our cool-o-meter from “blah” into “seriously cool” territory. The items we recently tested from Popware for Pets are definitely in the cool (and pretty darn useful) camp, so we’re thrilled to be giving some of them away. The giveaway details are at the base of this post, but before you scroll that way, here’s a little about why Popware snagged our eye.  

Dogster editor Janine digs the Collapsible Travel Cup with Bottle Holder

She says: For the past three years, I’ve been taking my dog’s stainless steel bowls along for the ride when we go on day trips, so I’d been looking for a more portable alternative for a while. The collapsible travel cup from Popware snaps onto any bottle of water or belt loop, and I like that I can fill it up instead of subjecting Moxie to a grimy park dog fountain. Who uses those things, anyway?

The grippmat and double-elevated feeder from Popware.

Dogster editor Vicky digs the Single Elevated Feeder

She says: ”My arthritic cat, Miss Uppity Tibbs, finds it hard to bend over a normal feeding bowl. So now she doesn’t have to hunch over like an arthritic vulture.” 

We also liked the nonslip pet bowl Grippmatt, which keeps crumbs from rolling out onto the floor with its raised edges, and that every item in the pet collection is BPA-free.

We dig the collapsible, detachable cups.

Contest Time!

We’re giving away the following from Popware to one Dogster Magazine reader: a Double Elevated Feeder, Pet Bowl Grippmat, and the Collapsible Travel Cup with Bottle Holder. To win, let us know the your preferred color (each product comes in blue, pink and green).

P.S. In order to be eligible for prizes, you must use your Disqus account to comment below. Creating a profile and avatar takes just a minute, and is a great way to participate in Dogster’s community of people who are passionate about dogs.

We’ll pick a random winner on Friday, June 22, at noon PST, and will notify you by e-mail (so please make sure you have a valid e-mail address associated with your Disqus account, or we won’t be able to contact you!). 

Another look.

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Topical Real Life Student views on Cameron and College Life

Student talks about how college life is now. Also how Cameron is changing the college system for the worst whilst giving out millions out the public funds

Conservative party parody from Rowan Atkinson

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Real Men are Kind to Animals

Stumbled into this Facebook page today: Real Men are Kind to Animals. What a nice find! Dog Blog

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Good info! Thanks for sharing with us on your blog…

Good info! Thanks for sharing with us on your blog.

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