Rabbit Grooming

Has a bunny recently joined your family? Congratulations! We probably don’t have to tell you that you’ve chosen an absolutely adorable pet. Your little buddy will need some help with all that soft fur, though. A Michigan City, IN vet discusses rabbit grooming in this article.


Your biggest task is going to be brushing Floppy regularly. If you have a short-haired bunny, you may only need to brush her once a week when she isn’t molting. (More on that later.) Longhaired rabbits, however, need to be brushed daily, or at least every other day. You’ll need to get specific tools for this. Avoid anything with metal teeth. Also, be very, very gentle. Rabbits have extremely delicate skin, which can rip easily. Ask your vet for more information.


Bunnies don’t shed continuously. They actually shed their entire coats at once, and grow new ones. This is called molting. You may also refer to it as ‘bunny explosion’ or ‘furpocalypse’ or something similar. Jokes aside, you’ll need to be very diligent about brushing Floppy daily during molts. Otherwise, she could get hairballs, which are extremely dangerous to rabbits. Your vet may also recommend a hairball preventative.


One thing many new bunny owners don’t realize is that you should never ever bathe your rabbit. Being submerged in water can be extremely traumatic to Floppy, and can make her go into shock. If your furball gets something spilled on her body, you can gently submerge that part of her into a tub of lukewarm water and swish gently. In general, make sure her fur stays dry. Being wet is also dangerous to rabbits, as they can get flystrike.


You shouldn’t have to do too much with Floppy’s eyes. However, if you notice gunk or discharge, gently clean it with a damp cloth or cotton swab and warm water.


Those adorable ears will also need some care. You’ll need to be very gentle ‘hear’, as Floppy’s ears are super sensitive. Use a vet-approved ear cleaning solution and clean cotton balls or pads to carefully remove any dirt, wax, or debris.


Last but not least, you’ll need to keep up with Floppy’s pawdicures. Be very gentle, and take care not to cut too deep. Ask your vet to demonstrate proper techniques.

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