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my guinz nails are longish on the hind legs,do you cut them your self or take them to vets?,ive done them once before(they have white nails so i can see where the blood ends)but i dont like doing them incase i hurt them,any tips if you do cut them urself?
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I cut their nails myself (or more accurately, with a friend- someone holds the pig, another cuts the nails.) We now have a small animal nail clipper (kind of like a small pair of scissors with a groove in the blade where the nail fits through) and it's really easy to use, though before we bought that we just used baby nail trimmers. You can get a styptic pencil or powder to stop any bleeding if you do accidentally cut the quick of the nail- it's happened to me a couple of times, particularly on my one piggie with black nails.
 

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I cut my guinea pigs nails myself, but that's because I'm confident in my ability.
You'll only hurt them if you cut the quick; if your not too sure, then take them to the vet :)
But if you do cut the quick, just apply pressure onto the wound. You can also buy powder which stops the bleeding.

Hope this helps! xx
 
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