I'm new here and looking for some help! I just adopted a bunny that has VERY long nails. I got the bunny from a friend who is moving out of the country. He is a 2 year old lion head named Brownie, extremely cute and friendly! Aside from the nails issue he seems really happy, my friend always gave him free range of the entire house, he has a lot of toys, has been neutered and is litter trained.
For the last week, he has been exploring my house and bonding with me. I've been reading as much as possible about rabbits to be a good mommy. However, all the reading in the world couldn't prepare me for the nail trimming experience. My friend said she really didn't know he needed to have them trim, that she thought they would trim naturally. In the two years, he only got his nails trimmed ONCE! at the vet when he got neutered... now I am surprised they aren't even longer if it has been that long but they definitely need a trim. He was extremely nervous even though I was only checking for the quick, his nails are a beige color which should make things easy but unfortunately it doesn't (or Im just bad at it!). I've only trimmed cat's nails and I could clearly see the quick being thick and pink, but Brownie shows a black thin line all the way up to the tip of his nail, but I can also see a thicker cream color "line" inside the nail, I'm hoping that's the actual quick as it would give me at least 2mm to cut every week, to get the quick to recede, that black line gives me virtually no room to trim a bit. I have posted two pictures to show you what I am seeing, maybe someone can shed some light on what is what.
Also how long does it take for the quick to recede, If i trim every week, will it be months until his nails are short again? Can I file them down to make the process less painful for him?
Thanks a lot