Nail maintenance is an important part of taking care of a guinea pig. A guinea pig’s nails can grow rather long and start to curl under their feet, which can be uncomfortable and make it hard for them to walk and play.
There are special nail cutters/scissors designed for small animals like guinea pigs you can find at a pet store. If you are not comfortable cutting your pet’s nails, you could ask someone who works in a pet store or at your veterinarian’s office to show you how to properly do this.
It is important to be calm and have a steady hand when you cut your pet’s nails so that they too are calm. It is also helpful to ask a family member or friend to assist you with this. Have someone else hold your guinea pig so you can focus on the task at hand. If your guinea pig senses you are nervous, he might become nervous too or scared. If your guinea pig starts moving around too much, you might accidentally cut off too much of the nail which could lead to some bleeding- but don’t worry, this is not life threatening! The bleeding will stop, and your guinea pig will forgive you!