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Old 01-25-2015, 10:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I need some advice , I just adopted a very sweet girl hedgehog from a friend of a co-worker who no longer wanted to care for her. I gave her some time to get use to me and her new environment so I just recently started to take her out to bond with and I noticed her nails needed trimming. So I gave her a bath to soften them up(she also needed one) but when I started to try and cut them I saw just how bad the nails are. They are so curled
And over grown it's like no one ever trimmed them. she's only my second hedgehog and I'm nervous cutting them myself. I'm in new york and it's really cold outside so I don't know if I should try the vet or try again myself. Can anyone help me , should I just bundle her up and take her to the vet or just slowly try to do it myself ?
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You can do a foot at a time, I normally bath bell then do it. Since you already did that; I suggest try to bundle up your friend and have it so her legs are exposed, and try cutting her nails then. Works well for me!
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You can try to cut them while she's in the bath..that way she's distracted and can't ball up. Just try to cut the worse parts off for now...take it slowly.
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Thank you i'll try to bundle her up then if that doesn't work I'll try it while she's in the bath.
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I find if you're trying to get their nails done in the bath that angled cuticle nippers are the easiest to use and they will be a good angle to get the over grown parts off. You just have to be really careful they're sharper than nail cutters
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Old 02-07-2015, 10:26 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I'd give it another try, but if they are growing into her foot pad then I would take her in to the vet. As long as you warm up the car first she should be fine. I had a hedgehog in Alaska (not the greatest, I know) but anyway, we took her places and she was fine...
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