How To Prevent Overgrown Toenails on Your Skinny Pig!

How To Prevent Overgrown Toenails on Your Skinny Pig!

How To Prevent Overgrown Toenails on Your Skinny Pig!

Overgrown toenails may seem like a minor issue, but it can lead to severe discomfort for your skinny pig.

Why is This a Problem?

Overgrown toenails aren't just an aesthetic concern - they can seriously impact your skinny pig's quality of life. Left unchecked, they can curl and grow into the footpad, causing pain, infection, and mobility issues.

Root Causes

The primary culprit is lack of regular trimming, often due to oversight or fear of causing harm to your pet. Natural wear and tear that would usually keep nails at a healthy length is less common in domestic environments, especially for cage-bound pets, like skinny pigs.

Additionally, if you have a skinny pig that does not like to be handled, this can exacerbate the problem. In such cases, lots of treats, patience, and perhaps an extra pair of hands to help would be necessary to get the pedicure done.


Beyond the obvious visual cue of nails that seem too long, watch for changes in gait, reluctance to move, or signs of discomfort when walking. In severe cases, you might notice limping or even bleeding if the nail has pierced the footpad.

A Step-by-Step Guide to Treatment

  • Regular Trims: 

Incorporate nail trimming into your routine care. This way their nails will never get to a point of being out of control.

  • The Right Tools: 

Use a pair of small, sharp nail clippers designed for small animals. Blunt instruments can cause splitting or crushing, which is painful and can lead to infections and might cause your skinny pig to be reluctant to let you do it again. Ideally, you want nail trimmers with this UV light feature so you can be sure not to cut too much off.

  • File Away Rough Edges: 

After trimming, gently file any sharp edges with a nail file to prevent accidental scratches or injuries. This can also ensure your skinny pig’s foot does not get hooked in their fleece bedding, causing them pain and discomfort.

  • Professional Help:

If the nail has grown into the footpad, consult a veterinarian to trim the nails safely and treat any wounds. 

If you are simply uncomfortable performing the trim (which is very natural), then seek out a professional groomer to help you.


Preventive care is straightforward but essential. Regularly inspecting your skinny pig's toenails and maintaining a trimming schedule can prevent overgrowth from ever becoming an issue. Also, providing opportunities for natural wear, like safe, rough surfaces they can explore under supervision, can help.

Overgrown toenails might seem like a small issue, but they can lead to big problems for your skinny pig. By staying vigilant and proactive, you can ensure your pet's feet stay healthy and pain-free.

Keep giving your pets the best of natural life!


April Arguin A.S., C.P.N., M.P.H

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