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So we're going to talk about how to cut your rabbits nails. And a lot of people have trouble doing this at home and they end up making it into a two person job. I've seen this in a clinic, sometimes in a clinic they have two people doing it. It's actually less stressful for the rabbit if you can just do it yourself as you do at home as I do at home. Fewer people around the rabbit, less commotion. It's just much easier. You make it a one person job. Now this bunny has not had her nails cut before. And she's a rex rabbit. Her nails a little bit different then they are in a non rex rabbit.
We'll take a look.
Let's watch. Their nails tend to be a little bit curlier in rexes in my experience.
And the vessel may be a little bit. These are pretty easy to see. This rabbit has both dark nails and light nails and it doesn't make any difference what color the nails are when you use this technique because what you're going to do with this technique is you're going to use the rabbit's own feedback to let you know when you're too close to the blood vessel. Instead of depending on your eyesight to see where the blood vessel which you may or may not be able to do. You're going to squeeze on the nail a little bit.
First of all you need scissors. Like little clippers like this right? Are these for cats or something?
I think they're considered bird nail clippers but I've seen them called kitty clippers too, sometimes they have a long spike down one of the handles. I don't like that, but I put the rabbit on a towel. I want her on a towel because I want her to feel good traction which she probably feels from these little rugs too and then I press her against myself and restraint is probably the most important part of doing a nail cutting. If a rabbit is carefully and gently restrained and not over restrained, you'll get much better results and I think you've seen this at home with Dusty too. Amy's rabbit hates to be restrained. She just really doesn't like this. So the less restraint you can use, the better off you are so what I do is I put the bunny against my body and I use this part of my arm, my rolled up sleeve to press against her hind quarters like this and I pick up just one paw and then I put the clippers around the paw, just the very tip. Don't try to go down too much. And I go press, press clip. And then I'm going to put it around this nail. Press, press clip. Why am I going press, press? Because I'm giving the bunny an opportunity to react to the pressure and the position of the scissors. If I'm too close to the vessel the bunny will suddenly pull back her paw and sometimes they'll shake the paw to show you that you've sinned.
And that's the same as what they call a quick. Right?
Yea. The vessel is the quick. And the bunny will pull her paw back if you're too close to it and that gives you an opportunity to reposition your scissors because what you've done by doing press press first you've made a little white line on the nail. And if the bunny is disturbed that you're too close to the quick. She'll shake her paw to get rid of you and then she'll quiet down again and you can pick up the paw and cut on the other side of the white nail. And it won't bother her at all. So we've done a couple of nails on that paw and they're are four pointing forward nails on the front and then a dill claw, a fifth one which is up on the side the equivalent of our thumb and that is always hard to see. So you just do your best.
She's being so good this bunny.
Press, Press Clip.
Thank you very much.
Look at you!
That was great. That was that paw. The next paw, you're going to stand the bunny on her hind legs supporting her chest and letting the paw hang down like this. You should be able to put your chin on her head and kiss her head.
Aw. She loves that!
And this is very easy nail to visuali
ThankYou for this video. I use only 5mins to give him his first trim. I don’t really need to take him up and pull his back leg .... by kissing and comforting him , I can easily pull his back leg out with all his other 3 feet on the table :)! Thanks again :) I was really panicking before doing the first trim! It’s no more pain for me 😂 !
Worked wonders, thank you! First time didn’t go very well and had him hyperventilating, but attempting a few times more proved effective after taking him to a different room and placing him on a table. He doesn’t fidget or panic in the slightest, which is surprising given he’s not entirely fond of having his hind legs fiddled with
I wish I could this. I’ve bonded w/ my rabbit. He hops over my legs & on my back. Sniffs my face, hands & feet (weirdo). The problem is I adopted him from a family who use to carry him which most likely terrified him. I mean put him on their shoulders why he balanced for his life. Put him in purses. Just doing too much. I’m also a single parent of this adorable rabbit. Ugh. I gotta find a vet 😔
There's no way my old rabbit would have let me handle him like that. He was very old when he came into my care, and really disliked being handled in any way. Miraculously, I managed to gain his full trust in me petting him. But he was steadfast that he would not let me cut his nails with these kinds of methods. The rather elaborate compromise was to sit him in my lap, tip him right back into my chest so that he was in a trancing position, wrap an arm firmly around him and beneath his front legs then go to work like that. I don't think he particularly enjoyed it, but the trancing made him not fight me. He never seemed traumatised or upset by it afterwards. Not sure if trancing is an especially recommended method, but he sure wasn't going to let it be done any other way.
So I received 2 month old rabbits yesterday they don't have their mom and its just both of the rabbits can somebody tell me at what age you should start clipping their nails? I've never owned rabbits and I'm doing my research
Thank you for this wonderful and helpful video! This video made me confident enough to trim my rabbit's nails on my own without getting help.
I don't hold my rabbit like that, but I use press-press-clip every time I trim my rabbit's nails! It really is the best tip ever.
I'm in a facebook group (about rabbits) with almost 6 000 members. Every time someone asks for advice about nail trimming they get a link to this video.
Another tip: If your bunny gets stressed out (or fed up), just cut a few nails at a time. Come back and do the other nails another time, maybe the day after. I think it's better to do it less and more often, so it's not such a big ordeal every time.
OMGosh, thank you thank you *thank you!!!!* I just trimmed my rabbit's nails tonight and it took 10 minutes max! That's not to say that my rabbit Daisy didn't struggle at all, she did some, but there was much less kicking and squirming, and I did them _all_ in one go (with short breaks in-between right after she started to struggle some, or got out of my hold) instead of needing 2-3 goes (both front paws, then both back paws later, or if she was struggling particularly badly, then just one paw before trying 2+ days later)!
I'll be honest, I was quite skeptical of this at first, especially since she hates being held, or even just her one paw held, but even with her rapid breathing telling me she wasn't comfortable with it, she stayed still long enough for me to trim most if not all nails on one paw before she tried to squirm free.
Onace again, Daisy and I thank you for this much simplier method of trimming her nails!
I did it!! Chili did exactly what you said he would do! Especially the back feet! He stuck them right out for me to reach! I gave him blueberries and a freeze dried banana slice as a treat after!! <3 Im so proud of myself! The vet wants $80 per rabbit to see them "initially" and then $52 per visit after for just a clipping!!! That is absolutely ridiculous!!! Not today Veterinarians!!! Not today!!
To the perfect people in the comments assuming that b/c our bunnies don't like their nails cut that they have been traumatized prior due to the quicks being snipped. please spare me. This lady is a bunny whisperer. It takes years to gain the knowledge she has. I have had my bunnies since they were babies, I have never cut their quicks and am so terrified of doing so that I watch this video every time before I proceed. you should not assume the worst of people as it actually speaks volumes about who you are.
Thank you for this! I finally trimmed my rabbits nails myself after 9 years of taking him to a vet to do it. My main concern being that his nails are all black and I can't see the quick at all. He did great!
I was a dog groomer for 20 years so I was surprised that I was so nervous to trim our bunny's nails. This has given me the confidence to give it a go. If I can do cats & dogs a bunny should be fairly easy! Thank you :)
I just adopted two beautiful brother lops over the weekend. I've noticed their nails are long right now. But they're not completely comfortable with me yet as I'm still new to them. how long should I wait for the initial nail trimming? I don't want them to freak out!
This tutorial is so simple and effective. I have never had luck trimming any of my rabbits' nails and usually just go to the vet. But I followed this technique and it WORKED. Much happy dancing was done! I only needed to do the back nails and was shocked that my normally twitchy rabbit sat up and let me trim away! Thanks!
I’ve trimmed my boy’s nails a few times now, I used a towel and now he runs away from me when I have a towel 😭 When we got him his quick was pretty long because they never trimmed his nails and it was hard to cut but it’s gotten easier when I’ve been able to get ahold of him. I really don’t want him to hate me 😭 but it’s for his own good
You can tell she has spent so much time with rabbits and really customized this method. I hate to see a rabbit tranced on its back so it's wonderful to see her gain and keep this one's trust with such expertise.
My bunny hates being picked up! I was so nervous about cutting his nails because I didn't want him to panic or hurt himself! I followed every step of this video and he was absolutely fine! I still can't believe it! He was calm, did the little foot tap thing but never tried to jump out of my arms! Thank you 🐰
I have a giant Flemish
About 5 years now
He has grown very long and cannot reach his tush any longer for proper cleaning
Q: how do I or should I trim that fur? To keep it from being matted or sprayed with urine...
He is very important to me and so is his health... so, pending this Q&A, I will take him to vet to be cared for ASAP for best professional answer. Thanks in advance.
I just hold onto my rabbit for dear life, and eventually he understands "NOT TO MOVE". Then I cut his nails 😅 I'm not really all that patient either, so eventually he understands the less he moves the quicker he can leave. it doesn't matter whether he enjoys it or not, it has to be done, because rabbit kicks "HURT". plus sometimes the nails get a bit "too" long. 🙄😬
Thank you so much for this demo. My bunnies don't love to be handled, but we all did great on our first try. I get very anxious about the process, not knowing exactly how to do it: I hate stressing them out, especially since they have black nails and it's hard to see the quick. The little tips (like squeezing for feedback before clipping, touching the pads of their hind feet, and wetting the hair) are invaluable. Two thumbs up.
Thank you, thank you, thank you! Pumpkin is a beautiful Lions head that was dumped in a neighbors yard. They gave him to us to care for. We tried to find the owner and eventually got a response that his name was pumpkin, he's 5 yrs old and was fixed. A family member he trusted him to (due to a new allergy) said he "ran away" we told him the story. We have made him a part of our family now and all was great ... until... he turned into Freddie Krueger . The nails were like knives sticking straight out. Long story short, using this video as a guideline, the first trim (they are super long) went fantastic and he remained calm throughout. Pumpkin says "Bravo!"
I didn't really like doing my rabbit's nails. I was so worried that I would cut the quick, and then cause her pain. I realized that letting her nails grow hurt her even more. I swallowed my fear, and trimmed her nails. She was great about it!
Tips that I have learned:
1. Don't use the pair of clippers they show. We got them, and it was a waste of money. It was hard to cut with them. One of my rabbit friends told me to get a bigger pair so that I would be able to get a better grip. I got one for dogs. It works way better and ends up taking less time.
2. The water trick is great! Use it! What would happen to me is that I would accidentally pull on my rabbit's fur.
3. Something else that helped that problem, a 2"x 2" piece of lace. I put the through one of the holes in the lace, and, if you get the right size, it pulls back the hair from the nail.
4. Use the 'press, press, cut' method and ONLY TAKE A LITTLE OFF AT A TIME! They mentioned this several times, and it is very important! In the end, it will be less stressful for you and the rabbit.
5. For the front paws, I put my rabbit in my lap and cross my legs. Cut the nails on the outside. Then, I turn my rabbit, and I cut the nails on the outside. (hope that makes sense)
6. I give a small treat after I do each paw.
7. GIVE LOTS OF KISSES!!! <3 <3
My bunny is almost 2 and hasn’t had her nails cut.... I feel so bad because I have had her since she was a baby but I have never even really thought of it until I got a peek at her nails (she’s an angora so her hair is long) I am going to get a clipper soon and I am trying to watch as much videos as I can to help me out. Thanks for this!
Your videos are always so informative but would be really nice if we could have a close-up and I mean clooooose up for nail cutting vid like this one. But good job there! Keep up the great work! Love ya guys!!!
just trimmed my bunny's nail for the first time. He was doing really good. this video really helped. Tips: if your bunny doesn't like to be picked up, he/she prob will feel more secure if you put he/her on the table :P
Well with all do respect,I am afraid your tutorial won't work with my bunny,he nevel likes me to touch his legs,clipping nail is the way out of question😄always my vet.does that,little salon things, thanks to my savoir 😄
I just got a bun the other day and when I picked him up in the store his nails were so long an sharp I have a few marks on my hand. He's settling in so nicely though so in another day or two when I know hes gotten use to my place I'm going to try trimming his nails.
I just used this video for my first time! The clipping delay is a great idea, so the bunny has the chance to let you know if you're cutting to close to the blood vessel. My bunny was pretty calm the whole time and didn't resist me cutting her nails. She may only squirm if she just getting impatient from being held too long.
If you know your bunny is a chill rabbit who lets you pick it up, it should be pretty easy. I think my bunny knows it's good for her.
My rabbit is so stressed when I clip his nails and when I hear him breathing so heavy I got stressed to, so when I finish clipping we hug so hard like a relief that we survived it and also for comforting each other <3 BTW this press-press clip really helped me A LOT! :) Just I do it pres-pres-pres x50 ...then clip :D
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