Thursday, 25 July 2013

How to cut your rabbits nails

It is important that you know how to correctly cut your rabbits nails as if it is done incorrectly, you can cause them to bleed which could easily get infected. In this post, I am going to give you some tips on how to cut your rabbits toenails so they don't become overgrown.

First of all, you want to make them used to their feet being touched. To do this, when you are giving them a carrot or some other food which they can have, you want to go next to them and carefully pick up their paws and hold them up gently so they become used to you doing so and aren't as afraid when you actually go to clip them.

After this, you will want to make sure you know where you should and shouldn't cut their nails. The part in which you don't want to cut is called the quick. This is the pinky looking part. The reason you don't want to cut this is because it will bleed if you do and there is a vein there, along with nerve endings, which makes it hurt your bunny.

Next, there is a few ways you can actually do this. You can just cut your rabbits nails on your own like in this video below:

By lying them on their back, it can be very useful as it tends to relax them, yet this is difficult to do with some bunnies. I would try this method in the video first of all.

Another way you can cut your rabbits nails is by having two people. One person will be holding them and the other will have the clippers and will hold each of their paws and clip them. Either way works well it just depends which one is easier for you.

If you don't feel comfortable clipping them yourself, at your local vets they should be able to do it for you.

I hope this short post on how to cut your rabbits nails was useful for you, making your bunny have nicely cut nails!

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