Do you cut the nails of your guinea pigs?

@DawGwath (1044)
Romania
November 17, 2008 11:22am CST
I read a while ago in some magazine that you should cut the fingernails on your guinea pigs regularly. But I was afraid that it might hurt them or something. I have my guinea pigs for a long time and never cut their fingernails and they seem pretty comfortable. Their nails grew about half an inch. What about you?
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• Pune, India
12 Jan 09
well i do tht regularly.. well cutting nails is gud for humans and for animals as well.. it keeps us all clean.. :)
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@DawGwath (1044)
• Romania
12 Jan 09
I couldn't say more ;)
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@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
17 Nov 08
Oh absolutely! You have to trim their nails. Usually about once a month they'll require a nail trim. Otherwise their nails can become long, curled, get caught on things and ripped out, etc. Severe foot problems can occur if you do not trim their nails. Half an inch is huge for their nails. You'll need to cut them back slowly as the quick is probably further out now. But you must not have had these guinea pigs too long yet if the nails are not curling. I rescue neglected guinea pigs and often their nails are corkscrew shaped due to extreme neglect. Hopefully you will trim yours before they become that bad. You don't need special clippers, human fingernail or toenail clippers will work just fine. For some how to nail trim photos, see www.guinealynx.info and there is a lot of other great information about guinea pigs there as well.
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@DawGwath (1044)
• Romania
18 Nov 08
Thanks a lot for the information, I'll do that right away ;)
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@DawGwath (1044)
• Romania
18 Nov 08
Oh and I think I exaggerated, their nails are more like half a centimeter :D
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@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
18 Nov 08
Ah ok, that's good news! Do your guinea pigs have light colored nails? If so it will be pretty easy to see where to cut, you just want to cut the white part off. If they have dark colored nails what I usually do is squeeze the nail clippers gently first and if the don't pull back I know it's safe. Some people shine a light but I find that really only works if there are two people.
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@Anne18 (11036)
17 Nov 08
I don't cut the nails on my guinea pigs but in the past i have taken my piggies to the vets to have there nails trimmed. I have four piggies, two of each. I brought my two females from the pet shop two weeks ago, the flufy one came preggie so I am looking everyday to see if she has given birth. The pet shop thought she had four weeks to go when I brought her and her female friend. I got all excited on saturday because her btm end went from round to long so I thought she was going ot give birth, espically as she seemed to be nesting as well! Fingers crossed they won't be still born
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@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
17 Nov 08
Guinea pig births can be very dangerous so I'll cross my fingers both that the mom doesn't die during the birth and that the babies will be okay. Hopefully after they're born you'll separate out the male babies at 3 weeks of age so that they do not impregnate their mother. Trimming nails isn't too difficult, but having someone else do it is always fine too. So long as they are still kept trimmed often enough (generally, once a month).
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@DawGwath (1044)
• Romania
18 Nov 08
Oh ok, thanks for the advice. Good luck with the birth. Mine gave birth to a cute little boy two months ago and it wasn't that hard for her. Well actually I wasn't even home, she gave birth when I was at school :D
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• Pune, India
12 Jan 09
i can agree with all of u here.. but cutting nails is a basic hygine factor that we shud not forget..!!
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@Cheryl_A (40)
• United States
24 May 09
Youcan take themto avet to trim their nails. I think alot of people neglect guinea pig nail trimming because they don't want to pay for it or they are scared to do it themselves. I think themostI've paid was $5 at a vet. I do it at home now with small dog nail trimmers. (that's what they used at the vet.) You basically do it just like you would trim a dog's nails. Just be careful because those little feet are hard to hold onto and you don't want to cut them too short and hurt them. I use a little baby blanket that I cut four holes in. I put the guinea pig's feet through the holes and wrap him up a little bit so he doesn't squirm to much or bite me.
@DawGwath (1044)
• Romania
15 Jun 09
Now that's a nice method with the blanket, never thought of it, thanks!
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@SuzyLong (775)
11 Dec 08
I always cut my guinea pigs nails. I find that wrapping the guinea pigs in a towel helps as they can't wriggle too much. Just need to make sure that you don't cut their nails too short or you may cut the skin under their nails.
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@DawGwath (1044)
• Romania
10 Jan 09
Yeah I'm also afraid about that, that's why I'm not really pleased about the idea of cutting them. I also did that to my dog once, as she was getting her claws stuck in her pelt.
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@Draco04 (24)
• United States
3 Sep 09
When I had piggies, I cut there nails when needed. I also cut them myself.
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@DawGwath (1044)
• Romania
4 Sep 09
Yep, they require some special treatments, like many other household pets (except tarantulas, those are so easy to maintain )
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