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My name is ***** ***** and I have a older parakeet and s

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Customer: My name is ***** ***** and I have a older parakeet and his beak grows very fast. Usually I have it trimmed by the vet but since he is about 60 miles away the Vet said I could trim is down a little using nail clippers. Would that be corrct?
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Customer: He is about 5 years old and his beak has started growing really fast and needs attention every 3 months at the longest time. I take him to a vet that treats parakeets but is a long drive and hard to get time off from work. The vet told my husband he could trim it with nail clipper but only a little. Right now his beak is growing in a curve toward his chest and needs attention.\
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Dan replied 1 year ago.


Thank you for your question, I'm Dr. Dan and I'll try to help you.

Yes it is true that if you are carefully you can trim the beak with a nail clippers. You should use a sharp clippers and change it often (or sharpen it often) so it cuts and doesn't pinch/smash the beak which can lead to splitting. Take little snips from the tip up until the beak starts to widen near when the upper and lower beak come together. At the end you can take a nail file and round over the edge to clean up any edges. I hope this helps, if not please feel free to ask more questions. Dr. Dan

Expert:  Dr. Dan replied 1 year ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
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