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Quick-See: Grooming Aid for Dogs

Cutting a dark pet nail was once just a guessing game. Quick-See eliminates the guesswork by revealing the location of the quick, the vascular portion of the nail. When cut into, the quick bleeds and the animal feels pain. Quick-See strips are made of flexible vinyl coated with color-changing ink. The color change shows you the proper place to clip a dark pet nail. Thus far, Quick-See has been tested on dogs and rabbits. They work in the same fashion as the mood ring and hypercolor shirt. When heated to a specified temperature, the ink loses it's color. Quick-See strips are set to change color over the live portion of the nail (the warm portion) while remaining dark purple over the dead portion of the nail (lower surface temperature). Veterinary student Brent Crutchfield was frustrated with the number of times she witnessed veterinary specialists cut an animal's nail too short, resulting in pain and mess. So she set her mind to coming up with a solution to the problem of the invisible quick.... A year later in May, 2006, Quick-See was chosen as one of 25 semi-finalists in the History Channel's Modern Marvels Invention Contest out of over 4300 entries! It was the overwhelming public favorite (over 82%) according to the voting kiosk travelling with the Inventor's Hall of Fame Exhibit across the US. Modern Marvel Article
Patent Number: 60/677,080
Invention Status: Marketing/ Testing and Development stage

Keywords: pet nail trim cut quick
Sep 27, 2006
by Brent (not verified)

Thank You

Thank you for reading about Quick-See. I would love to hear what you think.

Oct 8, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

In my opinion, the product

In my opinion, the product name needs to be changed to fit the product better. It is a clever play on words, but I don't think it is very catchy...

Oct 9, 2006
by Brent (not verified)


Do you have any suggestions for a more fitting name?

Oct 9, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

I have a name suggestion (but I didn't write the above comment)

Pawsatively Safe Nailclip

Oct 10, 2006
by bottleslingguy
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I like the idea.

I've been waiting to see it in stores since hearing about your story somewhere else. I hate to make my furry children cry like that so I wind up probably leaving them too long.

I noticed in the demonstration photos you were cutting the nail from side to side. My wife used to do it that way but would often crack the nail (even with a sharp, quality cutter) so I do it from top to bottom and seem to get a better result. Are the strips edible? Because my dogs like to eat their clippings.

Please check out my invention at Bottle Sling - Invention Gallery .

Oct 10, 2006
by bottleslingguy
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Hey Brent

Have you tried different shaped strips? Or is that the best shape to fit the nail overall? From the photos on your site it looks like there is a lot of extra material not on the nail. Have you tried making them more form fitting to the nail? Could you make them cone shaped? Have you tried that? It seems it would fit over the nail better. If you had a more form fitting strip with less waste, you'd save on material costs. Does any of that matter?

Bottle Sling - Invention Gallery .

Oct 10, 2006
by Brent (not verified)

Shape and size

I tried many different shapes including cones. The best thing to do along the lines of cutting down on waste is to shape them like T's on the game of tetris with a fat bottom. Once the final production occurs, this is how they will be shaped. They will hopefully be on shelves by Christmas time. I really like your invention too.

As for a the name, it will be sticking b/c I have long ago filed for the TM.

Sep 27, 2007
by george23 (not verified)

where can I buy it in US

Where can I buy this in the US....only place I have seen this is on a Canadian web page and they won't let me order in the US.