Do you have a bunny? If so, you’ve got a super cute pet! Rabbits are quite clean, but they do need some help with grooming. In this article, a Fayetteville, NC vet discusses Floppy’s beauty regimen.
Brushing will remove dead hair and dander from Floppy’s coat. This will reduce the chances of your pet ingesting fur. It will cut down on the amount of fur that you find stuck to your clothes and furniture. This is also a great way for you to bond with your furry buddy, and make her feel loved and safe. Use a detangling brush to remove any snarls. Then, carefully brush Floppy, moving in the direction of her fur. Bunny skin is very, very delicate, and can tear easily, so be extremely gentle. As you are doing this, you’ll want to look for dirt or fecal matter that may be stuck to your pet’s coat. If you notice any, wipe the area clean with a damp cloth, and then pat dry. Super-fluffy bunnies, like Angoras, should be brushed daily. Most other rabbits will be fine being brushed every 2-3 days. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.
Because bunnies are so low to the ground, they often get dust or hay particles in their eyes. Use a wet cotton ball to carefully clean around Floppy’s eyes.
Keeping your pet’s cute ears clean is very important. Bunnies—especially lop-eared ones—are often prone to ear infections, because the shape of their ears creates a moist environment that bacteria love. Gently remove wax buildup using a safe ear-cleaning solution and a soft cloth or cotton ball. Never use cotton swabs or other hard objects on your pet’s inner ear. Keep in mind that Floppy’s ears are very sensitive. It may take her some time to get used to having them handled.
A few times a year, Floppy will shed her all of her fur, and grow new hair. These heavy shedding cycles are called molts. You’ll need to brush your pet daily when she is molting. Ask your vet for more information.
Floppy will need peticures every month or so. Otherwise, her claws could snag and tear on things. This can cause painful inspections. Ask your vet for specific advice.
Please contact us, your Fayetteville, NC pet hospital, with any questions about bunny health or care. We’re here to help!