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Old 10-28-2014, 02:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Nail Trimming

hi i cant even get a hold my hedgehogs paws let alone accurately cut his nails i have had guinea pigs for many years and it makes it easier that they cant curl up their nails are different but i have the idea also do cuticle clippers work best and how can i get him to stay out?

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Old 10-28-2014, 11:19 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I know alot of people clip their nails while in a bath because the hedgehog won't roll into a ball in the water.
I get my boyfriend to help- he holds her still while I trim them. I have never cut the quik but keep some quikstop close by just in case.
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Old 10-28-2014, 09:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I also prefer clipping Miko's nails after I give her a foot bath, just because it's easier to see her nails when they're clean and she doesn't ball up in the water. I usually grab one of her feet firmly--even if she struggles, just hold on--and then use my other hand to scoop her up out of her bath, squeeze her against my stomach with the same arm that's holding her foot so she can't move too much, and clip her nails with my free hand. Then I just repeat for the other feet. It's the same way my breeder demonstrated when I got her, I just added it to bath time because her feet are easier to grab in water.

You can use either cuticle clippers or baby nail clippers; I have both due to buying a set but prefer the baby clippers because they're more comfortable for me to use.

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I've tried the bath method for kiwi...it didn't work. He still wouldn't be still. My dad doesn't like holding him, so I got some sandpaper. I roll little pieces of ductape and stick it to his wheel. I have to cut strips from the paper(sandpaper). It gets dirty fairly fast. I will leave it on there for a night or two. I do this about ever two weeks.(depending on how fast his nails are growing.)
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Try the bath method first. You can also try rolling them up in a blanket. I think someone once mentioned that they had a large fabric tube that they slid over hedgie head-first. I think there was hole in it & they would shift it around until a leg came out of the hole, then grab it to clip. That's probably not a great explanation, but I honestly can't remember the exact details! If his nails are really bad, you can check with your vet to see if they can trim them (under some light anesthesia if necessary). Then you can keep working on getting him used to you handling and playing with his feet and legs. Do so every night, every time you have him out. Treat him when he behaves well for it.

In my opinion, you should never put sandpaper or anything similar on a wheel. Hedgehogs run on the pads of their feet. It's very possible they could seriously injure themselves with sandpaper on their wheels. IMO, it's much more preferable to go to the vet every other week or every two weeks for nail trims as necessary while you work on getting hedgie acclimated to you doing it yourself, whatever other method you have to use. Sandpaper is a pointless risk & regardless of whether someone tries it themselves, it shouldn't be recommended as an option to others.

(And if I may point out, there's currently a thread active where someone's hedgehogs managed to run her feet bloody on a normal wheel with no sandpaper on it - think how much worse that would be with sandpaper on the wheel.)
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This has been said before in another thread but please please don't do what the above poster said.

Hedgehogs do not just run on there nails but they run on the pads of their feet. Lining a wheel with anything can be dangerous but with sandpaper you run the risk of the hedgehog running their paws bloody. (Some do this without sandpaper) They can also wear down their nails past their quick, making it painful and bleed.

There is just no substitution for clipping your hedgehogs nails. It is a must of owning a hedgehog.

Just to add, I'm glad that no ones hedgehogs have been injured by using this technique but to me, it is just not worth the risk.
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I don't put sandpaper on the whole wheel. Only half(or less than!). My hedgie isnt an avid runner, so I don't have to worry about that. I did a bunch of research before choosing this method. I got the right size as to not hurt his paws.
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Any sand paper that is rough enough to file the nails is more then rough enough to damage a hedgehog's feet. They run on the balls of their feet, not on their nails. I would much rather deal with the stress and trouble to trim their nails than taking any chance of hurting them just to make it easier. If you don't have anyone to hold your hedgehog you can set them on a wire rack or top of a wire cage and let their feet hang down. Makes it really easy to trim their nails then.
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I don't have a wire cage. It hasn't hurt him. I monitor him very closely . Thank you for your concern. I am slowly working on holding his paws more daily.
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