Marie Pavaday-Pillay explains the correct way to cut your rabbit's nails.

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How do I trim my rabbit’s nails?

Marie says: Once your rabbits are over a year old, their nails will need trimming every 8-12 weeks. This can easily be done by the owner. If you are new to trimming your rabbits’ nails, it is wise to have someone on hand to help by holding each rabbit in a safe and comfortable position.

The easiest method to safely trim a rabbit’s nails without cutting the quick (the blood vessel) is to follow the hairline that overlaps the rabbit’s toes. If the nails are clearly visible and sticking out of the hairline, it is likely they are too long. Use one hand to hold the foot and the other to confidently clip each nail using some small pet nail clippers. Clip each nail in line with the end of the hair that grows over the toes and you should find the result is a perfect nail length.

Marie Pavaday-Pillay – Behaviour & Training Specialist – Small and Field Animals at Wood Green, The Animals Charity


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