Dalai’s toenails were getting long.
I kept putting off doing something about them, hoping he would sort them out by himself but he did not. He let them get so long that he was having difficulty walking across bars & had to lift his foot up each time to make sure the curly part of his nail was free. He was starting to look silly walking across the bars & was also face planting when his timing was not quite right.
BEFORE: Dalai’s toenails
BEFORE: Close up of Dalai’s two front toenails (highlighted)
Perry also had a long toenail; it was so long it started to curl in the opposite direction. He sorted that out himself though.
AFTER: Dalai’s toenails
For Dalai, though, the vet was called & she visited last Thursday (15th).
It was a relief to me when she cut his toenails down to a manageable level. I had taken a couple of toys out of his cage, in case he got his toenails caught in them, but now they could be returned.
As the vet was here, she thought it would be a good idea to cut both Perry & Lennie’s toenails too.
Perry was first – he managed to fly out the cage during the chase but was caught quickly. The vet checked out his lump & confirmed it is still growing. After his toenails were cut, he was put back in the cage. Lennie decided to do the same & also snuck out the cage but once again, he was caught quickly. He is a real wriggler, so it took a little longer to cut his toenails.
When the vet returned Lennie to the cage, she noticed Perry was bleeding, so she grabbed him instantly & a styptic pen was used on the offending toenail to stop the flow. We observed him for awhile to make sure he was okay.
Bottom of cage
Though the visit was ‘only’ to cut toenails, I felt quite upset afterwards. It is never pleasant when they have to be caught & it was distressing to see Perry bleeding & knowing that too much blood loss can be problematic. I am grateful the vet acted so speedily. The confirmation that Perry’s lump is still growing was also a blow as I was hoping it would be the type that would just slow down & stop. At some point I will need to make a decision as to what the next step will be.
Until then, all is well & all toenails are the correct length!
Lennie, Dalai & Perry