In rabbits, quick is the blood vessel and nerve that run through the core of a rabbit’s nail.
When trimming a rabbit’s nails, it is essential to avoid cutting into the quick, as doing so can cause pain, bleeding, and discomfort for the rabbit.
The quick is typically visible through the nail, appearing as a pinkish or darker-colored line or area within the translucent part of the nail.
To avoid cutting the quick, trim only the tips of your rabbit’s nails or the part beyond the visible quick.
In rabbits with dark nails, you may need to shine a light behind the nail to locate the quick more easily.
If you accidentally cut the quick while trimming your rabbit’s nails, it may bleed and cause discomfort.
Applying a styptic powder or cornstarch to the area can help stop the bleeding.
If you’re unsure about trimming your rabbit’s nails or locating the quick, consult with a veterinarian or an experienced rabbit caretaker for guidance.« Back to Rabbit Glossary