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My Rabbit Has Long Nails, Should I Trim Their Nails?

Anaëlle Laurent
By Anaëlle Laurent. September 10, 2020
My Rabbit Has Long Nails, Should I Trim Their Nails?

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When caring for a domestic rabbit, trimming their nails is part of their grooming routine. However, how do you trim rabbit nails at home?

In this AnimalWised article, we're going to explain how to trim rabbit nails and why it's important to trim your rabbit's nail. Continue reading to learn more!

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  1. Long nails in rabbits
  2. Is it OK to cut a rabbit's nails?
  3. How to trim your rabbit's nails

Long nails in rabbits

In the wild rabbits are very active as they need to find food and stay away from predators. With their active lifestyles, wild rabbits wear down their teeth and nails. However, domestic rabbits don't wear these down as they are cared for by their caregivers. This is why it's important to feed our rabbits plenty of hay, so they can wear down their teeth, and to trim your rabbit's nails so they don't overgrow.

What happens if your rabbit's nails get too long?

If you don't trim or cut your pet rabbit's nails the blood supply in their nails, the quick, will continue to grow out with the nail. This will make it harder for you to trim it in the future when the length becomes too long. Long nails will make your rabbit prone to nail injuries and overall discomfort. It's very easy to avoid this by trimming their nails regularly.

Learn more about caring for rabbits in our article about tips for raising rabbits.

Is it OK to cut a rabbit's nails?

Yes. Not only is it safe to trim or cut your rabbit's nails, but it is also recommended as it's more comfortable and hygienic for the rabbit.

Can I trim my rabbit's nails?

Yes. You can either trim your rabbit's nails at home or take them to the veterinarian to get their nail's trimmed by a professional. If you want to trim their nails at home, keep reading to learn how to trim your rabbit's nails yourself.

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How to trim your rabbit's nails

Trimming your rabbit's nails should become a part of their grooming routine as it's important for their health and hygiene. As we've previously mentioned, this can be done by a professional or by their caregiver at home. If you want to safely cut your rabbit's nails at home, you will need the following supplies:

  • Nail clippers for rabbits (or for cats)
  • A towel
  • Stypic powder (in case you cut it too short)
  • Healthy treat for your rabbit

Now that you've got everything you need, follow these easy steps to safely trim your rabbit's nails:

  1. Gather your supplies and a helper to hold your rabbit for you.
  2. Have the holder wrap your rabbit with a towel and calm them down.
  3. Now you can begin clipping your rabbit's nails. Remember to only clip the tip of the nail in order to not get into your rabbit's quick and making them bleed.
  4. If you do cut too deep and your rabbit begins bleeding, don't worry. Simply apply some of the stypic powder to the bleeding nail. This powder contains a numbing agent to provide relief to your rabbit and the nail will grow out fairly quickly. If you did cut your rabbit's nail too short, it's best to contact your veterinarian.
  5. Now, simply finish cutting all of their nails.
  6. Once you are done, make sure all of their nails are okay and not bleeding.
  7. Now you can put your rabbit down again.
  8. Don't forget to give your rabbit a healthy treat for being patient.

By giving your rabbit a healthy treat, such as a piece of fruit, you will encourage them to be patient when we're trimming their nails. After a couple of weeks, your rabbit will get used to this grooming routine and will be easier to handle. If you want more information on how to cut your rabbit's nails, watch the video below!

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