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Forum HOUSE RABBIT Q & A Nail clipping incident

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    • Rabbittherabbit101
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      Because of Covid all of our groomers closed and have no indication on when they will open again. Myself and my partner waited until we possibly could have to clip our rabbits nails. She is usually horrible and today we had no problems until I cut her nail on her back foot and caught the quick.

      There was a substantial amount of blood immediately, and it took a long time to stop. We are now in the waiting room of the emergency vet just to make sure it was just the quick and nothing else.

      Any other rabbit parents done this? How did you calm yourself down from feeling like the worst parent in the world?


    • DanaNM
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      These things happen to the best of us, so try not to feel too bad! You were doing the right thing by trimming her nails, and even going above and beyond by going to the vet.

      Usually a bit of pressure and some corn starch or styptic powder will stop the bleeding pretty quickly, so it’s good to have one of those on hand for nail trims.

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    • BZOO
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      You have done everything possible, good bunny parent!

      I had a Peruvian G.Pig that was very neurotic.  I accidentally gave him a heart attack while trimming nails.  Pretty traumatic for a kid!  Because of that, I’d never have another Peruvian.

      When I cut a quick now, I stop, calm the critter, take a deep breath to calm me, get the bleeding stopped with Qwik Stop, stings but works, and if the critter is calm, keep going, if not, resume later.  Scritches and extra treats a given.


    • Bam
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      I think this happens to all pet owners sooner or later. Styptic powder is a good thing to have on hand.

      If you dont have styptic powder it can take quite a bit of time before the bleeding fully stops.

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