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    liverpool75 Posts: 58, Reputation: 1
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    Nov 12, 2010, 06:07 AM
    Curved nails on bearded dragon
    Hi I recently bought another bearded dragon off a person who sold it cheap its about 3 years old and the problem with him is his nails have curved I think due to the lack of a uv bulb in the tank the previous owner kept him in.when I have him sitting on me he seems to be losing his grip.question is can I cut them with a nail cutters.I know that they have veins in their nails but I can't seem to see them.some1 told me to cut the nails and if it bleeds just to dab some flour on it to stop the beeding.has anyone got any ideas I tried looking at vids on YouTube but the videos said nutting about curved nails.any advice would be great
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    Nov 16, 2010, 09:28 PM

    I know absolutely nothing about dragons so everything I'm telling you is a guess, based on other pets I've had.

    I would assume that you can cut his nails. They do have special nail clippers with little lights in them so you can see the qwik (the blood vessel) and avoid it.

    It hurts if you cut the qwik, so it would be best to avoid that. If you cut too close you can also cripple an animal.

    They also have something called qwik stop. If you cut the qwik and it bleeds you dab some on and it stops. Flour does work too, I've used that on my dogs when I've cut their nails (their nails are black, even with the lighted clippers you can't see the qwik). The only bad thing about flour is that it takes a while to work so the animal must remain still for around 5 minutes for it to work. The qwik stop is better.

    I would definitely try to cut his nails. If they're curved they could eventually grow into his paw or whatever you call it with a dragon. That could cripple him too.

    You could always talk to your vet, see if someone experienced could cut them for you and show you how.

    Good luck.
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    Nov 16, 2010, 11:57 PM
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    Cheers thanks for the advice I'll look into getting one of those nail clippers you mentioned
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    Nov 17, 2010, 12:55 AM

    Let me know how it goes. :)

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