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Old 04-23-2013, 11:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default new hedgie owner and i have a question about trimming

so when it comes to trimming nails, how far do you cut off to where you wont nick them? and what are the best type of nail trimmers to get for them? my hedgie is almost 9 weeks old and her nails are getting pretty long.
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Old 04-24-2013, 12:54 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: new hedgie owner and i have a question about trimming

You just want to be careful not to cut too close to the quick of the nail (the pink) because it will bleed. It will probably happen at some point (I experienced it the first time a week or two ago) but just try your best to cut as close to the pink as you can get. My advice is to make sure you have a good hold of the hedgie's foot because they will pull away and that is definitely the easiet way to accidentally cut too close. Everyone has different "tricks" that work for their hedgie becuase it can be tricky...they are so squirmish! I have found that doing it right when I wake my hedgie up works best...he is still sleepy and usually doesn't catch on for a minute or two. I am only able to get a few a night and I get to them all in rotation and then start again.

As far as clippers...again I think people prefer different things. I have read some people like animal nail clippers, I've seen them in Petsmart and other pet stores and I'm sure you could find them online. Personally I use regular baby nail clippers and it works just fine for me.

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I prefer human nail clippers, too. It may be a good idea to have a little dish of corn starch or flour nearby to dip the toe in if you clip the pink part (the quick) and it bleeds. The starch/flour will act as a stopper after several dips. I find it's definitely best to do it with a good bright light shining on it so you can see where the pink part starts.
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