Grooming Your Rabbit
Rabbits groom each
other and you, if you are lucky! They groom each
other for cleanliness and also to show affection.
Grooming your rabbit is a wonderful time to bond
and is also necessary for your rabbit's health and
wellbeing. There are four different types of grooming
Bunnies shed just
as all animals with fur do and will typically go
through a few major sheds each year. Your rabbit
is going to need brushing just like cats and dogs
and the more hair that ends up in the brush, the
less hair that will end up on the floor and in your
rabbit's stomach. A slicker brush is generally used
with rabbits. A flea comb is also a wonderful way
to groom your rabbit and they seem to love it. When
you first bring your rabbit home, start brushing
or combing him, starting with the least threatening
areas on his body. Start with a upper head areas
and back and don't move down to the lower face and
chin area until bunny has had a few weeks of grooming
already and trusts you enough to relax and enjoy
her beauty time.
Even the best-groomed
rabbit, if allowed outdoors for any amount of time,
will eventually get fleas. Many different flea and
mite products are available that can be powdered,
sprayed, bombed or given orally. Many flea preventatives
have the potential of being harmful to your rabbit.
Check with your vet to help you decide on a flea
prevention program that works best for you and your
rabbit. Flee dips and baths are never recommended
for rabbits. If you need to find a veterinarian
in Milwaukee or Ozaukee County that specializes
in rabbits, click
There are times when
your bunny may get soiled and need a spot cleaning.
You can use safe products that are designed for
rabbits, a mild dishwashing detergent or non-medical
puppy shampoo to clean small dirty spots on your
rabbit. These products can also be used to clean
off your bunny's hindquarters, if soiled. If the
hidquarters are soiled, it may be due to a medical
condition or improper diet and you will need to
consult your veterinarian.
Your rabbit will need
her toenails clipped on a regular basis to keep
her from getting snagged in the carpeting or in
the cage. You may need a helper to hold your rabbit
while you trim her nails. Clip her nails and avoid
cutting into the veins by using a flashlight to
see through darker toenails. Declawing your rabbit
is never recommended and can lead to serious infections.
Instead, keep their nails trimmed and give them
a large hay box to dig. You will both be happier
in the long run.