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Trimming Sugar Glider Nails

Use these tips to trim a sugar glider’s nails.

By Audrey Pavia
Posted: March 31, 2008, 5 a.m. EDT

Sugar gliders naturally have sharp nails to help them climb. Long nails can cause pain and skin irritation when you handle your sugar glider. Branches in your sugar glider’s cage can help keep its nails trim but aren’t enough to keep the nails short.

Sugar gliders nails grow fast and may need to be trimmed every one to two weeks, or as needed.

Trimming your sugar glider’s nails is usually a two-person job. Trim the nails during the day because this is when sugar gliders tend to be more calm. Wrap the sugar glider in a pouch or small towel. Wait until the sugar glider stops struggling, then carefully pull out one foot at a time to trim. Using a nail clipper designed for cats or baby humans, trim off only the pointy tips of the nail, avoiding the pink part (the quick), which contains the nerve and blood vessels.

If you accidentally nip the quick of the nail and it begins to bleed, apply a small amount of cornstarch or styptic powder to help stop it. 

If you aren’t comfortable trimming a sugar glider’s nails yourself, take your small pet to an exotics veterinarian for help.

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Good article.:)
Mary, Portland, ME
Posted: 6/10/2009 2:50:19 AM
good info
Ryan, Chicago, IL
Posted: 3/8/2009 7:47:00 AM
I think nail clippers are an accident waiting to happen. Sometimes the animal will suddenly move his foot at the exact same time that you are making the cut. In addition, some people think that if they could only trim a little more off than was suggested, that they won't have to trim as often. These two examples are the reason why I don't use the clippers. My husband and I trim our pet's feet with a dremmel tool. We use one that is powered by a battery because it is less noisy. Be sure and use the smallest file tip and when you hold it up to the nail, don't leave it on too long at one time because it does start to heat up. The first time I used one, I used it on myself so that I could get the feel for what my pets were going to feel. It worked perfectly the first time, and this way we don't have to worry about any pain or blood. If you don't have a dremmel, you can go to a beauty supply store and get one of their manicure sets with one in it.
Janis, Port St. Joe, FL
Posted: 8/13/2008 8:37:06 PM
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