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Grooming Your Bunny

February is Adopt A Rescued Bunny Month? While there’s no bad time to adopt a new pet, it’s good to highlight our various animal companions sometimes. As you’ve probably noticed, bunnies are absolutely adorable. However, your cute pet will need a bit of help with her beauty care regime, however. A local Dallas, GA vet offers some advice on grooming your rabbit in this article. 

Brushing

You’ll need to brush your furry friend regularly. This is a good time to check Floppy for signs of illness or injury. Be very gentle: rabbit skin is quite delicate, and rips easily. If you have a longhaired bunny, you may need to use a special detangling brush. 

Molts

A few times a year, your bunny will lose all of her fur, and grow a new coat. This is known as molting, and it may take you by surprise if you don’t know what to expect. You’ll need to brush Floppy daily during molts. Your vet may also recommend a hairball remedy.

Dental Care

You don’t have to brush Floppy’s teeth, but you do need to offer her lots of chew toys. This will help keep her teeth from overgrowing. Many household items, such as wood, wicker, paper, and cardboard products, are fine. You can also give your furry buddy clean branches to nibble on. There are a few caveats here, however. Never give your bunny anything small or sharp, or anything with strings or threads attached. Also, be sure to only offer safe woods. While some, including many fruit branches, are fine, others are toxic. Ask your vet for more information.

Claws

Floppy will need regular peticures. You can use clippers made for kitties. If you’ve never cut a bunny’s claws before, ask your vet to show you how to do so properly. You definitely don’t want to cut too far. If you do, you could cut into the quick, which would cause pain and bleeding.

Ears

You’ll need to clean your rabbit’s ears regularly. Floppy’s ears are very delicate and sensitive, so be extremely gentle. Use a soft, damp cloth or cotton ball, and an ear-cleaning product made for bunnies. (Your vet can recommend some.) Never put a Q-tip into your pet’s ears: this could cause injuries. 

Please reach out if ever we can be of assistance. As your local Dallas, GA veterinary clinic, we’re always ‘hoppy’ to help! 

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