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Tips on trimming your rabbit's clawsPosted on 27 Sep 2011
Pet rabbits can’t dig and wear down their claws like they would in the wild so they need clipping regularly to stop them from becoming overgrown. Read our advice for some tips on how to do it...
It’s important to make sure that rabbits’ claws are kept trim to prevent them curling up into the foot or getting caught on something.
It’s much quicker and effective to trim a rabbit’s nails when they are properly restrained so you may need to ask someone to help you.
Examine the claw and locate the quick (vein). You need to avoid this because if you cut it, it will be painful for your rabbit.
It can be quite difficult to see the quick if the rabbit’s nails are dark – if you’re worried, just taking off a small amount every week with clippers will keep their nails trim.
If you do accidently cut the nail too short hold a silver nitrate pen on to the cut nail for a few seconds to stop the bleeding.
If you are worried about doing this your vet might be able to do it for you – check with them to see if they charge.