Cutting Nails And Using Corn Flour

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Hi all, hope someone can answer a quick question...:D

Most if not all my guinea pigs nails have black which is very frustrating as its extremely hard to see where the wick is, I have never cut them up (as in hurt them) but I worry each time I get the clippers out. I heard an old wifes tales if you will, that if you put corn flour on the cut/bleeding nail it will stop it and should stop infection as dirt can not get into it. Is this true/ does it work? Apparently this is for all animals..
I don't know whether its safe for piggies but its suppose to work.

Any ideas?
Or an alternative to corn flour..
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I've cut Sparkle's quick once when cutting her nails . It is not a pleasant experience . I used cornflour. I know some members use a styptic pencil but I don't as there is aluminium in styptic pencils.
 

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Cool I didn't know it actually worked! Its more for a just in case really, I didn't even know styptic pencils existed. Thanks xD
 

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I know the feeling. Only one of my girls has black claws but she wriggles so much it's awful tryin to clip her.
I've cut Bonnies quick before and it's a horrible experience. Not because it hurts them that much, it's just like a sudden squeak and then they're fine. But the blood! God, it doesn't stop! Now I tried the cornflour and it did work. It clotted nicely and the bleeding stopped really quickly. Until Bonnie licked the flour off which started the bleeding all over again. /).-

Cornflour does work when your pig does bother with it. 9/10 pig find the weird stuff on their paws too much to resist and curiosity takes over. I tend to just hold a piece of clean tissue paper over it until it stops now. -.-
 
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