I have to trim Gumby’s teeth weekly and I can’t do it alone -.- last time she started bleeding from her nose and it scared the heck out of me. Does anyone trim their rats teeth and if they do has this ever happened with your rat???
NO! NEVER TRIM THEM! if they…
Also, it might not have been blood coming out of her nose, it may have been porphyrin, which is red and looks a lot like blood. Rats discharge (is that the right word?) it when they are stressed or ill.
Yeah. I know about porphryn. It just scared me because I love her so much and I hate trimming her teeth. My vet is really busy and she can’t do it and so I do it. I’m so scared I’m going to cut her bc she shoves her little paws up on the nail trimmer and sticks her tongue to it
Did your vet say to use nail clippers? Because I would think that a file would do a better job and then there would be no fear of nicking her paws or tongue. There are metal files you can get - I have one for filing down my dogs nails. Though consult with your vet first… Or find a new one because if you are uncomfortable trimming her teeth, find a vet that will do it for you, or at least show you how. :)
Spoken like someone whose never had to cut a rat’s teeth. Files don’t work… you will just be dragging the rat’s head around with the grit of the file, and it’s actually much more stressful. You use scissor type dog nail cutters on the bottom teeth, cut one at a time and try to make it a point angle, like they’d naturally be. You use a guillotine type on the top teeth and do both at the same time, also trying to make a natural pointed angle. Your goal is to make the teeth meet normally. It isn’t practical to make your vet do this every time since rat teeth need to be trimmed WEEKLY. If you trim too much at one time you can shatter the teeth ruining them forever, so bit by bit if they are super long. If you trim too much all together you can cut the quick and cause bleeding. The bottom teeth can go way down. The rat will always scream and struggle, not because it hurts but because it’s uncomfortable and scary, which makes it very scary for the cutter.