At Parkgate Animal Hospital, we trim many rabbit’s nails! It is a good idea to have a rabbit’s nails trimmed every 2 months, or it may be painful for them. If you’d like to try trimming them at home (and your bun bun isn’t too wiggly while you do it!) here are some tips.
It is easier to trim your rabbit’s nails quickly and effectively when the rabbit is properly restrained. If possible, ask someone to help you out and then wrap your bunny in a towel to reduce movement and to get a good hold of each individual paw at a time.
Look closely at the claw to locate the vein inside the nail. This vein is called the quick, and you should avoid cutting it. Cutting the quick will cause your pet to experience some pain, and he/she will bleed. Some rabbits’ nails are quite dark, so you will need a small flashlight to see it or glasses. If you do accidentally trim the nails too short, use flour or styptic powder to stop the bleeding.
Some bunnies can be startled by the sound of clipping. In these situations, you may consider simply filing the nails down, but this may be a longer process if your rabbit’s nails are quite long. If the bunny’s discomfort or startling persists, it may be best to bring your bun to us to properly handle them. We want to minimize any stress on your pet!