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Bunny Grooming Tips

Have you recently adopted a bunny? If so, you’ve chosen a super cute little pet! Floppy does have some unique needs, however. One area in which rabbits are very different from dogs and cats is their grooming needs. A local Cameron Park, CA vet offers tips on bunny beauty care below.

Make It Fun

If Floppy thinks of being brushed as unpleasant, or even worse, considers it a punishment, neither of you will enjoy the experience. Work in lots of praise, treats, and cuddles when brushing your cute pet, so she knows that she’s being pampered, not punished.

Be Gentle

Be very careful when brushing Floppy! Bunnies have extremely delicate skin, which can rip and tear very easily. Even pulling too hard on a tangle could injure your furry buddy!

Be Prepared For Molting

If you’ve never had a bunny before, you may be taken aback the first time you see your pet molt. Dogs and cats shed constantly. Rabbits don’t mess around here: they basically blow out their entire coats all at once and grow new fur. This is known as molting, and it happens a few times a year. Your pet will need daily brushings during these stages. You’ll also need to take precautions to prevent hairballs. Unlike cats, bunnies can’t vomit up any hair they swallow. Therefore, ingested fur can cause some very serious intestinal blockages. Ask your vet for tips on preventing hairballs.

Make It Routine

Your furry friend will be more accepting of being groomed if it happens regularly. Make Floppy’s beauty sessions part of your normal weekly routine. This is a great way for you to spend quality time with your bunny, and make her feel pampered.

Don’t Bathe Floppy

This one is very important! Rabbits are often absolutely terrified of water, and can actually go into shock from being bathed. This can be fatal. If Floppy gets something on her fur, gently lower only that part of her body into lukewarm water. Gently swish water around to clean her.

Pawdicures

Don’t forget to clip Floppy’s nails! If your furry pal’s claws get too long, they can snag and tear on things. This should be done about once a month, on average. Ask your vet to demonstrate proper techniques.

Please contact us, your local Cameron Park, CA vet clinic, with any questions or concerns about bunny care. We’re here to help!

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