To trim your bird's nails without causing injury to your pet or yourself, it's important to keep these helpful tips in mind:
- Have a styptic powder ready. It's easy to trim too much of your bird's nail and cut into the quick, now matter how careful you are. Because blood loss is extremely dangerous to birds, always have a styptic powder like Kwik Stop handy whenever you groom your bird.
- Wrap your bird in a towel. Even the sweetest and most tame birds can get a little freaked out at nail trimming time. Cover your bird with a towel when trimming nails to reduce your pet's anxiety as well as to give yourself a good solid grip on the bird.
- Trim only the tip of your bird's nail. When clipping a bird's claws, cut off only the sharp pointed tip to avoid cutting into the quick and causing pain for your pet.
- Work quickly but carefully. I've never known a bird that liked nail trims, and most owners don't either. To reduce stress for yourself and your pet, work quickly to trim the nails and then release your pet. Being toweled and restrained for even relatively short periods of time can be terrifying and exhausting for a bird, so make sure you are able to clip the nails quickly and accurately.
By keeping these tips in mind, you can help make nail trimming a much smoother experience for yourself and your feathered friend. With time and effort, your bird should grow to better tolerate nail trimming, and become used to it as a routine grooming procedure.