How to trim guinea pig nails?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by eggxelent, Jan 10, 2013.

  1. eggxelent

    eggxelent Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Both our guinea pigs need their nails trimmed, but one when we tried bit us so hard that it broke the skin. How do I get them to be calm enough to trim their nails?
     
  2. dainerra

    dainerra Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you can try swaddling them in a blanket.
    The easiest, way, though, is to just get them used to being handled. Pick them up and just touch their feet for a couple seconds then let them go. Once they are good with this, start clipping 1 nail every day. After they are patient with that, clip 2 nails and then stop.
    It makes for a much less stressful time.
     
  3. eggxelent

    eggxelent Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you[​IMG]We'll try that.
     
  4. Peaches Lee

    Peaches Lee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you can't get their nails trimmed, you could always take them to the vet's and have them do it.[​IMG]
     
  5. eggsforthewin

    eggsforthewin Out Of The Brooder

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    i have a similar problem...i usually gently stroke my pigs' bellies to calm them down a bit, and then take slow movements. this seems to be effective :D
     

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