Clipping Your Rabbit’s Claws

Do you have a pet bunny? If so, you have a super cute pet! Bunnies have been charming us for centuries, and it isn’t hard to see why. Those adorable little faces, soft fur, and cute hops are hard to resist! Just like any other animal, bunnies need regular care to stay happy and healthy. One thing you’ll need to monitor is the length of your pet’s claws. If Floppy’s claws get too long, they can become ingrown, which can be very painful. In this article, your Walnut vet discusses clipping your rabbit’s claws.

Supplies

You’ll want to put a little supply kit together for your pet. Floppy’s manicure kit should include clippers, a towel, cotton swabs, and styptic powder or cornstarch. You may find it easier to use special clippers that are equipped with sensors. They are more expensive than regular clippers, but they are well worth the expense, as they will indicate exactly where to cut.

Getting Ready

If possible, get a friend or family member to help you. You can either put your bunny on your lap or on a table. Wrapping Floppy in a towel will help keep her still. Have your helper hold your furry pal gently but firmly, with just one paw outside the towel. Make sure your bunny’s rear end is supported and restrained, so she won’t hurt herself if she gets frightened and kicks.

Clipping

You’ll want to be careful only to trim the end of the nail. Some people find it helpful to hold a flashlight under their bunny’s nails. You’ll see a darker area. This area is where the blood vessels and nerve endings are, and is known as the quick. Cutting into the quick can hurt your furry pal and cause her to bleed, so you’ll want to err on the side of caution, and make shallow cuts. If you do accidentally cut too far, use flour or a styptic pencil to stop the bleeding. If Floppy is struggling, or if you’re afraid you might hurt her, then do more frequent trims and cut just a little bit each time.

Once you’re all done with Floppy’s manicure, give her a yummy treat!

Do you have any questions about caring for your bunny? Do you feel more comfortable having a vet clip her claws? Contact us, your Walnut vet clinic, for all your pet care needs!

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