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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > DIET & CARE > When can I start trimming toe nails?
Last Post by Elrohwen at 8/26/2012 10:00 AM (6 Replies)
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User is Offline Cristina
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8/25/2012 7:50 AM

Hey Guys!

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?


User is Offline Manda1387
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8/25/2012 8:51 AM
I have been trimming mine since I brought them home at 8 weeks. You can normally see the quick in white nails, which mine have, and I think shining a light under dark nails makes them visible. I don't think a nail file would hurt at all either.

User is Offline Ole09
Minneapolis, MN
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8/25/2012 9:29 AM

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!

User is Offline Cristina
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8/25/2012 10:01 AM
Thank you guys sooo much!!! You made me feel so much better about this! I went ahead and trimmed Toby's nails with the rabbit toe nail cutters I already had. It went FANTASTICALLY!!! I saw a YouTube video on this earlier today ( that I found from another bun site) and it was ingenious! WIth my first bun, she hated having her toe nails trimmed and it took 2 of us to do it. It was an ordeal to say the least and none of us looked forward to it. Following the videos instructions to a T my dear sweet Toby layed there quiet and patiently as I trimmed all his toe nails. It took under 2 minutes and he never made one fuss! When we were done I gave him one of his home made cookies that I made. I sat him on the floor expecting him to be mad at me. He promptly grabbed his cookie, and joined me on the couch and chomped happily beside me. hehe

Ole- our second bun Gus, has RAZOR sharp toe nails! When his Momma ( my sis!) gets home from work we are doing his ! haha And I think your right about them digging and things more. I noticed on Toby his nails were WAY too long and probably needed to be trimmed when I brought him home 3 weeks ago. He's been really bad about diffing lately and he had never been so bad about it. I have a feeling your right, part of it was due to his nails being too long!

User is Offline bunnyfriend
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8/25/2012 6:53 PM
I started trimming Wilbur's nails when she was younger too, I'm glad I did because now she's so desensitized to it and her quicks are very short. As long as the nails aren't breaking or cracking or anything from the clippers I think you're okay. If he has nail growing past his quick (that allows for a cut that's a safe distance from the quick), then it needs to be trimmed. Definitely a good idea to go ahead and trim the other bunny's nails!
RIP Tigger          RIP Wilbur           RIP Totoro

User is Offline bun-crazy
Milan, Indiana
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8/25/2012 8:37 PM
Can you tell me how to find the video you watched that helped you so much? I'm trimming my boys' nails, but I'd like to try to find an easier way. Thanks!!
Binkies =:x

User is Offline Elrohwen
Hudson Valley, NY
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8/26/2012 10:00 AM

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.

- Elrohwen
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