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Grooming Your Bunny

Do you have a bunny? If so, you’ve got an adorable pet! In order to keep Floppy happy and healthy, you will need to groom her regularly. Here, a local Sugar Land, TX vet discusses bunny beauty care.

Brushing

Choose a time when Floppy is feeling full, relaxed, and happy, and settle down with your rabbit on your lap. Brush your pet gently, moving in the direction of her fur. Offer cuddles, treats, and compliments, so your furball feels like she’s being pampered. Bunnies have extremely delicate skin, which can easily be punctured or ripped. Be very gentle, and never tug too hard on knots. Avoid brushes that are sharp or hard. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Molting

Bunnies don’t just shed some dead fur, as cats and dogs do. Instead, they completely blow out their old coats, and grow new ones. This is known as molting. Your pet may look a little silly during molting, as her fur may seem patchy in places. Don’t worry: it will soon grow back! Most bunnies molt about once a season, though some molts are heavier than others. When your furry pal is changing her wardrobe, you’ll need to brush her daily. Your vet may also recommend hairball remedies and/or supplements to help reduce the risk of hairballs.

Claws

Floppy will need her claws clipped regularly. Ask your vet for specific instructions on giving your bunny pawdicures.

Ears

Inspect Floppy’s ears regularly. You’ll want to check for wax buildup, discharge, and/or signs of problems, such as redness or a foul odor. Use a bunny ear-cleaning solution and a cotton ball to gently clean your pet’s ears. This is especially important for bunnies with floppy ears. Because, these ear shapes trap moisture, which in turn harbors bacteria, floppy-eared rabbits are susceptible to ear infections.

Baths

Floppy will generally do just fine without getting bathed. In fact, bunnies often hate baths, and become very stressed and frightened by the experience. If your pet gets something on her fur, try to just spot clean with hypoallergenic soap and warm water.

Longhaired Bunnies

If you have an Angora rabbit, or another longhaired bunny, Floppy will need daily grooming. Your vet may also recommend trimming her fur. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Please call us, your Sugar Land, TX animal clinic, with any questions or concerns about bunny care. We’re here to help!

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