Rabbits need grooming a minimum of once a week. Long-haired breeds and bunnies who have a difficult time grooming themselves may need grooming more often.
Here are the basics.
Do an All-Over Check
Give your bunny a once-over once a week. Look for cuts, scratches, sores, and evidence of flystrike. Check the eyes and ears for discharge or damage.
Check your rabbit’s backside. If it’s dirty, cut out any fur mats and wipe the area clean with a pet-safe cleaning wipe. Never try to bathe a bunny.
Remove Mats and Tangles
Check long-haired buns for tangles and mats, especially around the backside. Cut them out if necessary.
Do a Brush-Out
Give long-haired rabbits a brush-out with a slicker brush once a week. You may want to do this more than once a week around shedding time.
Short-haired rabbits don’t need a brush-out, but some of them really enjoy it.
Clip the Nails
Trim your rabbit’s nails once a month with clippers made for small pets. Many rabbits hate having their nails done, but it’s important. Wrap your bunny in a towel to keep them from hurting themselves if they struggle.
Look for the blood vessel that runs horizontally across each nail. Clip the nail below this line. You can use an emery board to smooth the nail afterwards.
Grooming doesn’t just help rabbits to stay clean and healthy. This is how bunnies bond in the wild. And it’s a way that you and your bunny can spend quality time together as well.
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