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Q: Any tips on clipping rabbit's black nails?

August 25, 2008 | By Monica H. | 4 answers | Expired: 2143 days ago

Any tips on clipping rabbit's black nails?

I can't see the cuticle on one of my rabbit's nails, they are all totally black. I clip them, but only minimally. I would love any tips on where to go to get this done, or how I can better do this myself.

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Natalie C.
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Sep 01, 2008

If you touch under the nail you should feel a dip down or scrachy area where the nail is thicker all of the sudden. Cut a litte before that area and you should be as low as you can without being to close to hurting him/her! =) I have two dogs and one cat with all black nails and I'm thinking if it works for them it should work for your rabbits =) Good luck!

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Cka
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Cka

Aug 26, 2008

A person I know who grooms and shows her own dogs once gave me this tip, and I'm sure it would work for rabbits as well. When you have a pet with some light and some dark nails make note of how much you can safely trim the light colored nail, then use that as the guide for how much is safe to trim from the black ones. Most of the time the quick is about the same length in all the toes.

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amber f.
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Aug 25, 2008

try holding a flashlight under the nail to see if that will help you see the cuticle. you might want to try a vet for small animals. I take my cats to a cat hospital and they also accept small animals like rabbits.

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Jill R.
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Aug 25, 2008

just be very careful and take off just the pointy tips, you can also use a file to smooth down ruff edges.

the other thing is, be very careful when restraining a rabbit for any procedure. a nervous bunny can kick out during a struggle and break their own backs

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