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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-06-2010, 06:37 PM Thread Starter
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trouble clipping nails

we have 3 guinea pigs about 5 years old. They need their nails clipped but I'm very nervous about doing it. All their nails are black so i can't see the quick. I accidently clipped one too short a long time ago and now I'm spooked that i'll do it again...plus they are very squirmy and hard to hold onto even with help. Any suggestions and how can I tell the length to cut if i can't see the quick?


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My future mother-in-law told me that the nail containing the quick will be a duller black than the nail that's safe to cut. ...Or is it shinier? I can't remember..Anyway, if you see a slight color change of the black in the nails, it's a safe bet you can clip it away. Just do it a little bit at a time. My guinea pig is squirmy too, she'll be good at first, and a lot of the time, just as I'm about to press down, she'll thrash. Freaks me out, every time I do it.

You can also try holding a light underneath the nail to see if maybe that makes it slightly easier to see.

Just make sure you always have some QuikStop handy, or, I've also read Ivory bar soap.
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If you're nervous about where the quick is, shine a flashlight under the nail. The dark spot is the quick. Clip off a tiny part of the nail at first. If the nails are really long, the quick will be longer so you want to slowly trim them down and let the quick recede back.

The easiest way is to wrap the cavy up in a towel and pull out just one paw at a time. You can also try giving them a carrot to munch on as a distraction.



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thanks guys..i'll definately try the flashlight thing..I didn't know that


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I always take my guinea pig to the vet to have his nails clipped, because I'm afraid that I might hurt him.
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