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Dee
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PostSubject: Guinea pigs nails   Wed Jan 21, 2009 11:36 am

How do you cut your guinea pigs nails ? I have to wait till hubby is off work to do theirs so he can hold them still, they wriggle all over the place when getting them done.
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PostSubject: Re: Guinea pigs nails   Fri Jan 23, 2009 2:28 am

I've never had a guinea pig, and I did not know that their nails need to be trimmed. Is it hard? Are the nails thick? What happens if they are not trimmed?
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PostSubject: Re: Guinea pigs nails   Sat Jan 24, 2009 4:14 pm

If they are not cut they get real long and start turning under and they pick up all the dirt underneath, I did them today on my own, they are not 100% but they'll do. Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Guinea pigs nails   Tue Jan 27, 2009 11:37 am

I didn't know this either. I had hamsters growing up- but we never had to do anything with their nails. I find that odd. I'm glad you were able to do it yourself- that must have saved some $$. Good job Dee.
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PostSubject: Re: Guinea pigs nails   Sun Feb 01, 2009 7:08 pm

Yep saved a few quid alright, I'll usually try everything first before bringing them, I won't even go into telling you about cleaning out their bottoms, now that wasn't nice but when they are a little sick it has to be done. Shocked
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PostSubject: Re: Guinea pigs nails   Tue Feb 03, 2009 12:00 pm

Thanks for not sharing that one. Wow-- I'm not sure I could do that! Well if I had to, I probably could- but I wouldn't want to!

My daughter just mentioned she wanted a hamster- I said- no thanks!
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PostSubject: Re: Guinea pigs nails   Tue Feb 03, 2009 2:11 pm

Can a guinea pig scratch you with those nails? Do they bite? As I said, I've never had one, so I wouldn't know. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Guinea pigs nails   Wed Feb 04, 2009 12:22 pm

I think I had a guinea pig when I was a kid. I think my sister got scratched when she scared it by picking it up too fast. I don't know if it's an actual memory or not, though. Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Guinea pigs nails   Wed Feb 04, 2009 12:41 pm

Well we would not want those nails curling up form underneath his paws now, would we?

Just try to hold them as steady as you can.
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PostSubject: Re: Guinea pigs nails   Thu Feb 05, 2009 3:01 pm

HardworkinMom wrote:
Well we would not want those nails curling up form underneath his paws now, would we?

Just try to hold them as steady as you can.

I have seen photos of a dog whose claws curled under and actually into the paw... leaving large holes when they were finally removed by the vet... NOT pretty...
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PostSubject: Re: Guinea pigs nails   Mon Feb 09, 2009 3:30 am

My friend cut his pet piggy's nails through nail clipper used for small dogs or cats but you can also use human nail clippers. I think it is a delicate thing to practice and do.
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