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Tips On Rabbit Grooming

Mar 13th 2015 at 10:15 PM

Rabbits are very particular about their hygiene, and they need proper grooming to help them stay clean, avoid infection, and to contribute to their general well being. Many shorthaired breeds will only need a soft brushing and nail clipping, while larger or longhaired breeds may need more intensive grooming and care.

The first step in grooming your rabbit is to make sure they are calm and that they feel secure. Rabbits who are nervous or feel unsafe in a new area are more likely to try to jump or run away, possibly injuring themselves in the process. It is a good idea to groom them in a spot that they are familiar with and where they feel safe and calm. Hold them gently but with a firm grasp so that they feel protected.

Your next grooming step is to brush your rabbit’s fur. Most rabbits should be brushed weekly, but longhaired breeds may need more frequent brushings to help eliminate tangles or debris. Brushing your rabbit’s fur should be a calm, serene exercise for your pet, similar to petting them. Rabbit skin is very thin and can tear easily, so gentleness is key. If your rabbit is frightened or trying to squirm away, let them go and try grooming them another time when they are calm and unafraid. If you are brushing too roughly or using the wrong brush, they may be trying to squirm away because it is painful. Shorthaired rabbits only need a bristle brush or grooming mitt, whereas longhaired breeds may need a wire comb or shedding blade. You may also need a pair of scissors to groom longhaired breeds to help keep their hair under an inch long. As your brush, check for flaky skin, fleas or ticks, or other signs of irritated skin. These could be signs of skin issues or illness that will need to be checked by a vet.

After brushing your rabbit, you should also check their nails, eyes, and teeth. Nails and teeth are often worn down naturally, and should only need to be trimmed every few months. Veterinarians can help clip teeth and nails, or they can instruct you how to do so. You should also check your pet’s eyes as you groom your rabbit. His or her eyes should be clean and clear with no watery discharge or pus.

A well-groomed pet is a happy, healthy pet. Creating a consistent grooming schedule will help keep your rabbit’s coat in good condition, help you to notice any skin changes or trouble spots early, and it can be a good bonding activity for you and your pet.

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Nancy has a deep love of animals and talks and writes about them regularly. She is a huge animal rights advocate. Read her thoughts at veterinary updates blog.

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