Grooming Your Bunny

Bunnies are absolutely adorable little pets. That soft fur makes them super huggable! However, rabbits do need a little help with their beauty routines. Here, a San Jose, CA vet discusses grooming your bunny.

Brushing

There are several benefits to brushing Floppy regularly. First and foremost, it will remove dead fur and dander from her coat. This is important, because it will reduce the risk of Floppy swallowing her own fur. You probably know what happens when cats swallow too much hair: hairballs. Bunnies, however, can’t vomit up hairballs the way cats can. Therefore, fur ingestion can be dangerous for them. Brushing also gives you a chance to spend some time with your pet, and bond with her.

Getting Started

We recommend using a detangling brush to remove mats. Bunnies have extremely delicate skin, which can rip easily, so you’ll need to be very, very gentle. If Floppy is a lap bunny, settle down with her on your lap. Start by gently petting her, going in the direction of her fur. Then, incorporate the brush. When your pet’s beauty session is over, offer her a yummy treat, like a strawberry.

Timing

How often Floppy should be brushed will depend on what kind of rabbit she is. Super fluffy bunnies, like Angoras, need to be brushed every day. If your furry pal has short hair, she may only need to be brushed once or twice a week. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Health Check

When you’re brushing Floppy, check for fecal matter or dirt that may be stuck to her fur. This is also a good time to look for lumps, bumps, swelling, rashes, or other health issues.

Molting

If you’ve never heard of molting, it’s essentially extreme shedding. Bunnies shed all of their fur at once, and then grow new fur. This happens a few times a year. When your furball is molting, you’ll need to brush her every day. Your vet may also recommend giving her something to prevent hairballs.

Tips

In addition to brushing Floppy, you’ll need to trim her nails monthly. You’ll also have to clean Floppy’s face—especially the area around her eyes—with a wet cotton ball regularly. Last but not least, you’ll need to keep your pet’s ears clean. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Please contact us, your local San Jose, CA vet clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!

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