Guinea pig in your home. Maintenance, nutrition, health of the guinea pig.
Certain guarding rules, like other animals, are required for guinea pigs. They should cut their nails periodically. To imitate small animals (cat fit).
Growing, the claws begin to twist. This can lead to curvature of the fingers, a change in the position of the spine, injuries to the paw pads and pododermatitis. In addition, he is simply uncomfortable walking. The procedure should be performed as necessary, on average 1-2 times a month, when the length of the transparent part is from 2 mm or more. Notice that the vessels grow along with the claws. Thus, the longer the claw, the longer the vessel.
On some sites you can find information that should be from 1 year. People who never held on. Claws should begin to be trimmed from 1-3 months of life (depending on growth rate).
How to cut claws
I have four fingers on my hind legs. The claws on the hind legs should be slightly longer than on the forepaws. In addition, so that I have the opportunity to rely on the surface.
Photo: Oksana Prokofieva
Getting started, grab a pig in your arms and turn around. It is more convenient to cut together. You can cope on your own.
Claws must be cut in good light. This allows you to examine blood vessels that cannot be touched when cutting. You can only have transparent space. A few drops of blood will coagulate quickly, but the pig will still have discomfort. They are especially careful to ensure that the vessels on their claws are practically invisible.
To ensure that the claws after cutting do not have nicks, you can use a nail file. In addition, the file can be useful for shortening the claws of dark pigs. If you want to have enough time, accurately, millimeters by millimeter, good luck to an overgrown claw.
This means that the blood vessel also becomes longer. Thus, if you want to run this point, you will need to make it longer than you would like.
Video author: Anna Simchuk
What can be done can be:
- swaddle in a towel and pull out 1 paw that needs to be cut;
- to cut in the bathroom, including water (many of them, due to fighting water);
- distract the pig with food (show your favorite greens in your mouth while doing the manipulation);
- put on a muzzle for dogs of small breeds (if it strongly bites).
Photo: Vyacheslav Belorusov
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