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I was wondering at what age its safe to start trimming my buns toe nails? He's nearly 4 months old and his toe nails are horribly sharp! He has un-intentionally left gashes on my face and all over. I have everything to trinm his nails but the breeder I got Toby from told me I couldn't trim they until he was a year old because the quick will be too close to the tip of his nail. I've tried doing a lot of research online and can't find much on what age is safe to start trimming. I was wondering if anyone knew or could give me their honest opinion on when its safe to trim. I was thinking for now I could just use a nail file on them and dull them slightly so it isn't as bad. Any thoughts?
I would say start trimming them as soon as you see them getting too long, which sounds like now for you. (Also, a lot of buns will start digging and clawing at things more than usual if their nails are getting long, which is also another indication.) I don't think there's really a specific age that you're supposed to start, though I first trimmed Frankie's nails when I brought him home at 8 weeks. Those things were like razor blades!
You can trim at any age. I started at 8 weeks to get Otto used to the clippers (didn't work, he still doesn't like it, but he's mostly quiet for it now). You could also just wait until they get long and do it then.
I have two methods, one for each of my buns, so try different ways and see what works. Hannah absolutely freaks out when we pick her up, so it's easier to get her in the carrier, let her out on the kitchen counter, then my husband holds her still (usually with a towel lightly wrapped around her) while I pull each foot out one at a time. Otto will kick like crazy if his feet are touching the ground, so my husband picks him up with Otto's back against his chest (feet sticking straight out) and then I clip them. Some people have success with trancing, but it doesn't work well for either of mine.