Guinea Pig claws

Guinea Pigs - guinea pigs
@Humbug25 (12551)
March 23, 2009 5:19pm CST
I have got two guinea pigs, Rolo and Polo, and they have sharp claws. My friend came around a clipped their claws for me a couple of months ago but they need doing again and I need to learn how to do them by myself. Even when me and my friend did it, it was really hard and they squirmed and wriggled. Does anyone have any tips on how to clip the claws of guinea pigs apart from taking them to the vets?
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@littleowl (7157)
24 Mar 09
Hi Humbug, I used to have loads of lizards and I used to clip their claws..but like your guinea pig they didn't like it so I had put up with a bit of wriggling too..the vets charge astronomical prices to clip their claws, if I was you I would put up with the struggle for as long as you can...lol....littleowl
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@Humbug25 (12551)
24 Mar 09
Hi ya littleowl Yes I might just have to put up with them scratching me, biting me and squirming in the process!! Thanks for the advice!
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
24 Mar 09
How about wrapping them in a towel, like swaddling a baby and then put out one foot at ta time to clip? I used to do this with may parrots if their claws got too long.
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@Humbug25 (12551)
24 Mar 09
Hi cynthiann Yeah I tried this with my friend and they still moved a lot, so I have no clue how I am going to do this on my own! Ho hum Thanks for your response
@katsalot1 (1619)
23 Mar 09
It's much easier with two people. One to hold the guinea-pig on its back the other to clip. You need special nail clippers - they are a slightly different shape to human ones, and you need to make sure that you don't clip too far down the nail, as their nerves often go over halfway along. Sometimes you can see a line in the nail, but if the nails are dark you can't. Best thing is just to cut the very end - you might have to clip more often, but its safer. Also, if you have somewhere they can run around often and wear their nails down themselves even better.
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@Humbug25 (12551)
24 Mar 09
Hi there katsalot1 Yeah my friend told me to watch out for the nerve ending! We did have them laying on their back but they tried to bite us even though I had a towel placed loosely over their heads! Might just have to take them to the vets! Thanks for your help
@p1kef1sh (45640)
23 Mar 09
Try putting them on their backs. Works with rabbits and they are hairy! You could always buy them vanity sets for their birthdays and encourage them to learn to use them. I'm not helping much am I?
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@Humbug25 (12551)
23 Mar 09
Erm ... no p1kef1sh you're not!!! Thanks for your response though