How Much Nail Should I Cut Off on My Parrots?

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It's always important to trim a parrot's nails so that they don't accidentally injure anyone who comes into your home. Find out how much nail you should cut off on your parrots with help from a dynamic, holistic and conventional veterinarian in this free video clip.

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Video Transcript

Hi, I'm Dr. Jena Questen from and I'm here to talk to you today about trimming your parrot's nails and there's lots of different pieces of equipment that you can use to trim your bird's nails from this Dremel which I would suggest that you have some experience with that before you would try that on your bird, as well as large clippers for larger birds, small clippers for smaller birds and then these guillotine type clippers as well which are probably my least favorite of all because they tend to get dull and can snag the nail. One of these other options I think works a lot better. So how do you decide first of all, if your bird needs their nails trimmed and second of all where you want to exactly trim them at? Well Rover here is actually not the best example because his nails are nicely trimmed right to the length that they should be. When he's perching here, you can see that the nail is not going to wrap all the way around, that his nails aren't growing out to one side or the other in an abnormal fashion, so he definitely doesn't need his nails trimmed today but if your bird doesn't have nice trimmed nails like Rover's does, then what you need to do is restrain your bird or have someone help you safely restrain your bird like in a towel, look at the nail very closely. A lot of times you can tell the blood vessel as it is leaving the toe and going out to approximately the middle of the nail and it's a nice and red little streak. Past that, going towards the end of the nail usually the nail is skinnier, more brittle and doesn't of course have that red blood vessel running through it. Regardless it can be tough to tell, especially on dark nails like Rover's here so you want to make sure that you have some styptic powder available with you before you tackle this job to make sure that if you do have a little bit of bleeding, you can get that bleeding under control and also when you put your bird back into his cage, make sure that you double check to make sure that nothing starts bleeding after you put him back as well. So hopefully I have given you a few tips and secrets on doing your bird's nails. On that note, I'm Dr. Q. and the rest is up to you. Thanks for tuning in today.


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