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How often do you guys cut your guinea pigs nails?

beckyxxx

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Hi guys, I was just curious as to how often you cut your guinea pigs nails? I personally don’t trust myself to cut them, so I take them to my local groomer and she does a really good job! I get my boys done every 2 months or so, I was wondering if that was about right? I don’t really know where the cut of point is for the nails and I just tend to take them every couple of months and she never says they are too over grown :)
 

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I check mine every week at their health check and weigh in, then trim any that look like they need doing. I found cutting a full set at once was hard as they get very fidgety, even with two of us doing it.
 

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Yeah , my partner isn’t confident in holding our boys and I’m not confidnent enough to cut and hold, as they wriggle a lot so just find it easier to take them to the groomers together to be done :)
 

daveclark79

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I've just cut my fellas today, I do them approximately every six weeks, but he has one front paw all black with an exceedingly curly nail on it so check that all the time, he had a curly one on his other front paw that he managed to pull off somehow at Christmas, which is just starting to get to the point where I can trim it again.
 

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Awwww , his curly toe doesn’t seem to bother him but you think it needs a trim. My other boy has black nails so don’t dare do them myself. Last time I tried he kept pulling it away and nearly taking his toe off so I just don’t dare anymore
 

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My piggies nails start to curl whilst they are still short
Same! Both my boys have 1 nail on each paw that goes curly naturally even when short, it’s super annoying to cut.

In answer to the original Q, I cut my boys nails fully once a month and trim the curly nails as required (with difficulty might I add!). I am quite lucky, both my boys used to be really wriggly when nail cutting but now I can hold them with one hand and do it. Even William who is a bit bitey.....
 
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