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Is it safe/easy to cut a Guinea Pig's toenails? How often

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Hi, Is it safe/easy to cut a Guinea Pig's toenails? How often should it be done and, if we go to a vet, how much should we expect to pay?
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Hi there, you are through to Dr Linda.
It is certainly safe as long as it is done correctly.
Ensure one person is restraining the guinea pig confidently. Use a small cat (or similar) nail clippers to trim the tip of the claws. Avoid the blood vessel/quick which would bleed and cause pain if nicked. On a white claw it can be seen as a pink/purple lone within the claw.
If you make a claw bleed it means you are trimming too high up. Apply corn starch to stem bleeding.
Vets charge varying amounts but in my experience it is anything from £7 to £15.
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