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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-27-2006, 12:47 PM Thread Starter
 
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sharp nails!!

SHARP NAILS!!! do i clip them ??

DO i clip them or what?? please help me out please please

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-27-2006, 01:25 PM
 
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I'm pretty sure degus generally keep their nails groomed on their own. I think it could be dangerous to try to clip their nails if you've never done it (they're so tiny that it would be really easy to hit the fleshy part). Maybe you could file the tips a little bit? I really don't know, I couldn't see my degus letting me clip their nails, let alone take the time to file them a bit (they tend not to sit still for very long). I just leave my degus' nails alone (but they ARE quite sharp).
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Degus tend to keep their nails trimmed on their own but they can sometimes become sharp. You can clip their nails yourself but if you are inexperienced at doing this then i would try adding things like rocks into their cage that they have to scramble over to wear the nails down first as degus are hard to handle when you are clipping their nails and you can easily cut through the quick if you are not careful. If you want any advice on how to trim the nails let me know?

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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-27-2006, 02:59 PM
 
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I'd do what Amethystbelle said. Add a slab of rock, or a wood bridge- something hard and rough. If you've never cut a rodents nails before and they get TOO out of hand, you might consider bring him/her to the vet for a nail clipping(only if they get REALLY long), but normally that not needed.
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-27-2006, 07:56 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thanx you but do you thin i could file there nails too?? I know thats what my sister does with her birds......
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I would put rocks that are not sharp,but are rough enough to keep nails trimmed in the cage.Thats what I do with my rats and it works pretty well.




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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-27-2006, 10:12 PM
 
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Putting rock or a hard wood in the cage would act like a file, so you wouldn't have to do it yourself.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-28-2006, 09:32 AM Thread Starter
 
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