CLIPPING YOUR FERRET’S NAILS
Nails, like fur, continue to grow throughout the life of the ferret. A ferret’s nails can grow quite long and curved. Long nails can “catch” on bedding and other surfaces, “trapping” the ferret. The ferret may respond by pulling at the nail, which may rip off, resulting in pain and quite a lot of blood loss.
Therefore, nail clipping should be part of your ferret’s routine health maintenance; cut the nails about every 3 to 4 weeks.
Ferret nails, unlike those of dogs or cats, are relatively easy to clip. There are several ways to clip a ferret’s nails, some of which are described below.
Equipment: Good quality nail clippers; oil vitamin supplement (Ferretone®; Furotone®, Linatone®, etc.), towel, well-lighted area so the nails can be easily visualized!; a partner (if needed)
With a partner, or a skilled operator:
Distraction technique, using an oil supplement:
Because ferrets need their nails clipped much more frequently than they require a bath (which they very rarely need!), the following technique is what most ferret owners use:
If you are unable to cut your ferret’s nails by yourself:
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