How can you trim a bearded dragons nails?

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How can you trim a bearded dragons nails?

Postby badams83 » Mon Oct 27, 2008 6:45 am

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Hey,
I am trying to figure out how to trim my bearded dragons nails. His nails are so big but don't want to use no clipers or anything. I have heard before that you can use like rocks or stones or stuff like that from the pet store to trim a beardie's nails when he climbs. Is that true or do you have to actually trim them yourself.
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Re: How can you trim a bearded dragons nails?

Postby supertrisha » Mon Oct 27, 2008 11:00 am

I have cut Dragon's nails before- if they have clear nails where you can see the blood vein, just trim the white part with people nail clippers. If they have dark nails, just trim the smallest tip at a time to get rid of sharp edges. Having rocks, slate tiles, and other climbing surfaces will help wear down the nails over time.
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Re: How can you trim a bearded dragons nails?

Postby fresnowitte » Mon Oct 27, 2008 11:59 am

:wave: Hello Brandon!

Yes if you use tile and some rock piles in your viv your beardies nails will wear down naturally.
I'm not comfortable with trimming either. We started using tile and rock piles it took a couple of months for their nail to wear down. I didn't have to worry about cutting into the quick. Not only was I worried about cutting to much I was worried that my old girl Ms. Piggy may have drier more brittle nails I was worried that they would split.

I can say that tiles and rocks work great! :mrgreen:
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Re: How can you trim a bearded dragons nails?

Postby Mommy of Sunny » Mon Oct 27, 2008 1:17 pm

Unfortunately, even with tile and rocks in his viv, Sunny's nails don't wear down enough. I have to cut them. I use a nice sharp set of fingernail clippers. Luckily for me, Sunny sits still when I do it. Sometimes he tugs, so if I find him getting a bit impatient with me, I just stop. Even if I do one a day...

I just take a tiny bit off at a time because his are dark in color and I really can't tell how far to go.
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Re: How can you trim a bearded dragons nails?

Postby badams83 » Mon Oct 27, 2008 1:21 pm

Well to me I just want to right now get it so that he wont scratch me up when i pick him up. See I have to pick him up and get him calm enough were he wont move so I can put his medicine the vet gave me and its really hard to get him calm at first. When he gets out of the tank he starts scratching and scratching me so he can climb up my arm so that is right now my man priority with the nails to get it so they wont be so sharp enough to scratch. I should have told the vet to do it but I forgot. If I had a website I would show you his picture of him but since I don't there is no way I can. He does have dark nails though, there like between dark and clear but not clear.
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Re: How can you trim a bearded dragons nails?

Postby angelsue » Fri Oct 31, 2008 8:08 am

I had this problem with Oscar and didn't want to chance cutting them so the other day when he was sitting on the back of the couch i filed them with my nail file and he just sat there it was so funny and it worked :D
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Re: How can you trim a bearded dragons nails?

Postby renich » Fri Oct 31, 2008 8:38 am

i've never enjoyed cutting anyone's nails, my beardie, my dogs nor my sons! lol..

for bernie, my beardie, it's been beneficial to clip his nails close to bed time. I'll take him out 30 minutes before lights out. He'll curl up on the sofa and then I'll clip his nails.

if you do cut the vein, cornstarch will stop the bleeding. you can also use a product designed for this purpise for dogs.
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Re: How can you trim a bearded dragons nails?

Postby lizardfreak08 » Wed Dec 03, 2008 4:04 pm

Thanks for the answers i was wondering the same thing. See ya, bye. :P
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