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Q: Her Nails

October 11, 2009 | By Cookieslilmommy | 4 answers | Expired: 1642 days ago

Cookieslilmommy

My guinea pigs nails are kinda..really long..She is my first guinea pig and i dont know how to cut her nails,i dont want to hurt her while im doing it either..Is their a certain way to trim/cut her nails?

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Kayla L.
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Oct 22, 2009

GuineaLynx online has step by step medical guides for different procedures in health and maintenance. I use cat nail clippers that are more like scissors for their clippings and clip them with their backs against my tummy. Some that are really finicky have to be swaddled tightly in a towel and then do different limbs one at a time.

I have a blind pig, Cici, and the first nail trimmings I had to do the towel. Eventually she goes used to being handled for various things and instead of trying to bite out of fear, my friend just held a baby carrot there for her to munch on while I did her nails.

Be very careful of the vein (quick) in the toe nail. If this is your first time and you have maybe a guinea pig rescue or exotics vet nearby, ask if they are able to show you and give you a first run.

So... don't use human clippers if you can as they split the nail more often... watch for the "quick"... Guinealynx..google it.

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lisa r.
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Oct 22, 2009

you can try gettng a nail file, thats what i use on my cats nails, so it may work for you.

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Modern D.
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Oct 15, 2009

I don't know if this will work for guinea pigs but they sell nail boards for dogs which is a great way of keeping the nails trim! they are super cheap and easy to use :)

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Jillian
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Oct 12, 2009

when animals are uncomfortable about having their nails clipped {which they will be if you've never done it before}, you will need two people to do it. have someone hold her on their lap and wait until she is relaxed, then the other person will have to hold the paw and do the clipping. i would use small dog nail clippers for this. if their claws are black and you can't see the quick, work your way down towards it by making small clips. the whole process of getting all four paws clipped may take some time and you should work in intervals to get them all done rather than going for all at once. this will reduce her stress and make the whole job easier on both of you. for her back paws, she may have to be held on her back. you can try giving her some yummy treats to keep her attention off of what's going on, but it doesn't always work. just be patient and span it over the next few days if you have to. have some kwik-stop by your side in case you hit the quick. learning how to trim nails can be nerve-wracking, but it just takes practice. she isn't going to sit still and she will probably cry even though you're not hurting her. stay calm and remember that it's helping her. if you really feel you can't do it, take her to the vets and ask them to show you how to do it.

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