Rabbit’s nails can grow quickly and become sharp, so it’s important to trim them regularly; this, however, can be a daunting experience. Watching a video tutorial or booking an appointment with one of our experienced nurses to demonstrate how to cut nails can be helpful.
The most important part of nail clipping is to ensure you do not cut the nail too short and cut the quick (the blood vessel inside the nail) as you can make them bleed. If you cut the quick and the nail bleeds, you can dampen a cotton tip, dip it into potassium permanganate, and press it into the bleeding nail, which will stem the bleeding.
Pro tip: prepare this before you begin trimming, and try not to spill the powder, as it can stain skin and surfaces when wet.
Begin slowly. You don’t have to cut all your rabbits’ nails in one session. The best way to hold them is to cradle them like a baby and to have a second person cut the nails for you, or you can do this on your own if you are confident. Alternatively, you can leave your bunny standing on a towel on the bench, gently expose each paw whilst leaning over the top of them, hugging them into your body and trim slowly.
Remember to always be gentle and patient when grooming your rabbit, and never force them to do anything that will make them uncomfortable. If you have concerns about your rabbit’s health or grooming needs, consult with your Unusual Pet Vets team.