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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-10-2002, 03:36 PM
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Toe nails???

When I hold my chinnies they seem to have long toe nails... one one each of there back paws. I was wonderig am I supposed to justlet those break offor whatever when they are running or do I have to clip/file them??? Thanks!!
 
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-10-2002, 03:50 PM
 
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Chinchillas, in general, do not need to have their nails clipped. When I hold my chinchillas, I can sometimes feel their nails on my skin but they aren't long enough to be clipped. Can you actually see the length of the nails on their back paws? Is the nail catching on anything? If it is visibly long, you can use animal clippers to cut the nail but please be careful when you clip the nail, you don't want to cut the "quick" of the nail. The quick of the nail is where the vein lies in the nail bed. If you don't feel comfortable doing this or your chinnie isn't fond of being handled, you may want to take him/her to the vet to get it professionally done.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-10-2002, 03:51 PM
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I file my chins' nails with an emery board. Elvis' got long from being in a carrier on t-shirts for about a month. I was afraid to clip them, so we just filed them. It was a long process, but overall much safer.

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-10-2002, 04:06 PM
 
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I think most chins wear thier nails down on wire and hard floors, do your chins have either of those types of surfaces in thier cages? If not, adding one of those would probably do best for the long term. I've also heard of other people who do the same as Jade and file them down, or even put a piece of very fine sandpaper on one of thier shelves (I'm not sure If I'd do that, my monsters would eat it). If you do clip them or have them clipped be very careful not to crack the nail, I've seen how they are curved and it seems like it would be easy to crack them right up the middle.
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So funny you mention this as I have 4 long, itchy scratch marks up the inside of my left arm where Mike's back nails got me the other night! LOL

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-10-2002, 05:09 PM
 
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I have often wondered it sharp toenails run in families, because Max has some sharp ones too.

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