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Old 11-03-2018, 01:47 PM
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Nails trimmed too short :(

Today I took Ducky, Kermit, and Bluebell to get their nails trimmed at my local pet store. They’ve always done a good job and we’ve never had any problems before. Well, I just got back and realized Ducky’s nails are way too short! The other birds are fine, but poor Ducky is holding her foot up and you can see that they cut into the quicks of several of her nails

Here is a photo of Ducky’s nails:


I just feel terrible for my poor little baby she isn’t mad at me at all, in fact all she wants is to be scratched...

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Re: Nails trimmed too short :(

Autch... the good thing is: it will grow back,
but I get pain in my own feet just looking at this picture.


I can immagine one missclip, but more? Bad (day?) person in that shop!
Such an easy bird to clip, you can actually see the living tissue so well.


(great picture btw!!)
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Re: Nails trimmed too short :(

Unfortunately it's all about who is actually doing the trimming. So if the pet shop has a new person doing it, then this can happen easily, or as already mentioned, just an employee having a bad day or rushing and in a hurry...either way that sucks for your bird...

Just keep his feet clean so they don't get infected, and they should callus-over in a couple of days and they will no longer hurt...I'd suggest you stop taking your birds to a pet shop for toenail trimming, and certainly not for wing-clipping or God forbid beak filing...Try to find a Certified Avian Vet or an Avian Specialist to do them from now on...
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Re: Nails trimmed too short :(

That is short! You can see they put quick stop on it too,! Do you have any really wide wood perches or cement perches? I've only rarely very rarely had to trim nails.
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Re: Nails trimmed too short :(

Poor darling Ducky! Hopefully she will be feeling better soon!
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Re: Nails trimmed too short :(

Quote: Originally Posted by EllenD View Post
Unfortunately it's all about who is actually doing the trimming. So if the pet shop has a new person doing it, then this can happen easily, or as already mentioned, just an employee having a bad day or rushing and in a hurry...either way that sucks for your bird...

Just keep his feet clean so they don't get infected, and they should callus-over in a couple of days and they will no longer hurt...I'd suggest you stop taking your birds to a pet shop for toenail trimming, and certainly not for wing-clipping or God forbid beak filing...Try to find a Certified Avian Vet or an Avian Specialist to do them from now on...
Ducky is not holding her foot up anymore, which is good. I know I should take them to the avian vet for nail trimming... but it’s cheaper at the pet store and much closer (vet is 30 minutes away). I don’t clip wings and their beaks have never needed filing, so I thought it would be okay to take them to the pet store just for a nail trim. I will start taking my birds to the vet from now on! I was actually doing it myself for a while but I think it was one of the reasons Kermit became fearful of hands.

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Re: Nails trimmed too short :(

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That is short! You can see they put quick stop on it too,! Do you have any really wide wood perches or cement perches? I've only rarely very rarely had to trim nails.
I use a variety of natural wood perches of different shapes, sizes, and textures as well as rope perches but no cement perches. I didn’t want to take any chances irritating their feet with the rough surface.
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Re: Nails trimmed too short :(

Is one of the perches so wide the foot is almost flat? I just ask because my neighbor who has a sweet cockatiel always had to take her in for a nail trim. One day he asked me who I take my Parrots to and I said I don't. So I showed him my perches abd we went and got three wide ones to add to his cage and he hasn't had to take her in for a trim since. One was one if those chewable fake wood ones at the pet stores. I know you take good care of your birdies, I just didn't know if you had tried one of those extra wide perches. I love Duckies name too
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Re: Nails trimmed too short :(

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Quote: Originally Posted by EllenD View Post
Unfortunately it's all about who is actually doing the trimming. So if the pet shop has a new person doing it, then this can happen easily, or as already mentioned, just an employee having a bad day or rushing and in a hurry...either way that sucks for your bird...

Just keep his feet clean so they don't get infected, and they should callus-over in a couple of days and they will no longer hurt...I'd suggest you stop taking your birds to a pet shop for toenail trimming, and certainly not for wing-clipping or God forbid beak filing...Try to find a Certified Avian Vet or an Avian Specialist to do them from now on...
Ducky is not holding her foot up anymore, which is good. I know I should take them to the avian vet for nail trimming... but it’s cheaper at the pet store and much closer (vet is 30 minutes away). I don’t clip wings and their beaks have never needed filing, so I thought it would be okay to take them to the pet store just for a nail trim. I will start taking my birds to the vet from now on! I was actually doing it myself for a while but I think it was one of the reasons Kermit became fearful of hands.

I totally understand about the cost being much more at the CAV/Avian Specialist Vet, however as you found out, you get what you pay for, and when it comes to your bird's well-being, or any pet's well-being, you can't take these chances...Just as an aside, my Green Cheek, Bowie, got a horrible infection in his foot/leg this past year and he almost died from it, and it was due to me trimming one toenail too short until it bled, and bacteria just happened to get inside it. It cost me a whole lot more than the cost of a nail-trimming at my CAV to save his life, with exams, x-rays, and meds.
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Re: Nails trimmed too short :(

Why not try a cement-perch anyway?
(after is has all healed etc. of course)
You have a few that do not have an abrasive side where the fleshy part of the foot rests (or just take a file and smooth it out yourself).
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