Guinea Pigs

how to trim a guinea pigs nails

Tips on Trimming Your Guinea Pig’s Nails

Trimming your guinea pig’s nails is important to keeping them healthy and comfortable. Nails that are too long can cause pain and injury and make it more difficult for them to move around.

Materials Needed:

  • Grain-based nail clippers: you can buy nail clippers specially made for guinea pigs, or you can use a pair of grain-based clippers intended for other small animals.
  • Styptic powder: this is important as it will stop any bleeding from trimming the nails too short. You can buy it from most pet stores.
  • Treats: It’s a good idea to offer treats during the nail trimming process to reward your guinea pig for being a good patient.

Steps to Trimming:

  1. Gently hold your guinea pig and gently press on the bottom of the paw to spread out the claws.
  2. With the clippers, angle them so you can lightly go around the nail, cutting only the tip.
  3. Be sure not to cut the quick, which is the pink part in the center of the nail. This area is full of small blood vessels, and if cut, it will cause a lot of bleeding.
  4. As you trim, try to do small trims throughout the year rather than a large one.
  5. If you trim the nails too short, use a small amount of the styptic powder to help stop any bleeding
  6. Reward your guinea pig with a treat afterwards.


Trimming your guinea pig’s nails is an important part of grooming that should not be overlooked. With patience and practice, you can keep your guinea pig’s nails healthy and comfortable.

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