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Best way to trim my hyperactive glider's nails?
Best way to trim my hyperactive glider's nails?
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Jun 01 2015
03:04:44 PM
One of my 3 gliders has nails that are a bit too long but he's way to hyperactive to simply hold him still and just cut them. So what do you guys think is the best way to make his nails a bit shorter or is letting a vet do it the only way to go?

Edited by - GinBlossom on Jun 01 2015 03:05:02 PM
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Jun 01 2015
03:17:18 PM
Leela Goofy Gorillatoes Gliderpedia Editor Visit Leela's Photo Album Leela's Journal 2870 Posts
There are several ways to approach nail clipping.

1 take them to a glider experienced vet and let them do them it usually costs around 12-18 bucks.

2 get a mesh nail clipping pouch, their nails poke through the holes and you just clip away, but you have to be able to get the glider IN the pouch for it to be effective and some gliders like my lil bratty female refuse to go into it.



3 use a regular pouch, bribe them with mealie worms and pick up a foot and clip it.

Everyone has their own techniques that work for them and their gliders, you will have to find the best way for you and yours.

For me, I have found that a single layer open pouch works best, I play with their feet when they are asleep to get them used to their feet being touched without being clipped.

I show the gliders the nail clippers, let them smell them, touch them, and see what I'm about to use. I used to try to hide the clippers from them but that just seems to stress them out. When they can check out the clippers it seems to let them know I'm not trying to hurt them.

Then I just pick up a foot and clip until the gliders show stress then I stop, wait a while till they relax and do the next foot and so on. I clip nails in the late after noon when mine are the most sleepy. At night they are to active, in the morning they aren't quite enough asleep.

Glider nails do have a quick so you do have to be careful not to cut to far, they will bleed. So before you even begin get everything you need in one place.

have treats easy to reach
have clippers on hand
have a small container of cornstarch it will stop the bleeding if you cut to far.
have a good light, I use a LED head light so I don't have to hold it.
and if you need to get some reading glasses to help you see the nails better for me this was the most valuable tool for nail clipping and my headlight.




In the second pic it shows the hind foot in the left hand corner. Only 2 nails on the hind feet need to be clipped. The two long skinny nails on the toes that look stuck together are their grooming nails, those do not need clipped unless they are extremely long. They don't usually get those nails snagged on anything.





Now on this last pic, the last diagram is way to short for glider nails, the diagrams are for dog nails, but for over grown glider nails the same principal applies. Diagram 5 is probably about where a gliders nails should be with regular nail trimmings to shorten the quick.





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Jun 01 2015
03:37:09 PM
GinBlossom Joey 15 Posts
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Originally posted by Leela

There are several ways to approach nail clipping.

1 take them to a glider experienced vet and let them do them it usually costs around 12-18 bucks.

2 get a mesh nail clipping pouch, their nails poke through the holes and you just clip away, but you have to be able to get the glider IN the pouch for it to be effective and some gliders like my lil bratty female refuse to go into it.



3 use a regular pouch, bribe them with mealie worms and pick up a foot and clip it.




I already tried the third one, but even if I give him a mealworm he constantly pulls away his arm so that's a no-go.

As far as I know there are no mesh nail clipping pouches for sale where I live so that leaves me with going to a glider experienced veterinarian, which is also a problem since the only vet that has a bit of glider experience lives around 80 miles away from where I live. So I think I'm going to call a vet in my area to see if he/she can do it.

Edited by - GinBlossom on Jun 01 2015 03:38:12 PM
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Jun 01 2015
03:54:25 PM
Leela Goofy Gorillatoes Gliderpedia Editor Visit Leela's Photo Album Leela's Journal 2870 Posts
I've never seen mesh pouches in actual stores you have to get them online. http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/SugarGliderJoy/6791385/cozy_clip_set_small_and_fury_nail_clipping/handmade/pets/accessories/other

Well you might have to get down right sneaky, put him in a pouch that you can easily roll down. Lull his lil butt to sleep and slowly adjust him in the pouch so he is on his side or belly up and clip them while he is asleep.

Many times when mine are asleep in my bra they stick a foot out and clip all the nails I can, then wait until another foot sticks out and clip that one most of the time they don't even wake up and I don't have to hold a foot lol.

Edited by - Leela on Jun 01 2015 03:57:48 PM
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Jun 01 2015
04:00:45 PM
GinBlossom Joey 15 Posts
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Originally posted by Leela

I've never seen mesh pouches in actual stores you have to get them online. http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/SugarGliderJoy/6791385/cozy_clip_set_small_and_fury_nail_clipping/handmade/pets/accessories/other


That's exactly my problem. Most of these sellers are only shipping to the US and Canada, and not to the Netherlands where I live. But I just talked to my mom. She says she should be able to make one herself, so tomorrow I'm going to buy me some mesh for just a few bucks and hopefully I'm able to trim my glider's nails myself in just a few days.

Edited by - GinBlossom on Jun 01 2015 04:03:34 PM
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Jun 01 2015
04:14:01 PM
Leela Goofy Gorillatoes Gliderpedia Editor Visit Leela's Photo Album Leela's Journal 2870 Posts
Ohhhhhhhh well yeh!! I can see where you'd have a hard time getting one then

Honestly I made my own as well and it works just fine for my one guy that walks right into it but he also lets me just clip his nails while he sits patiently waiting for me to get done, so I don't need it for him.

Just make sure the holes are small enough that only the nail pokes through, they can still bite through that mesh.



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