Why should I groom my rabbit?
Your rabbit needs to be groomed regularly. Regular brushing keeps your bunny’s coat in great condition, preventing the formation of matts which can irritate the skin and lead to infections or the deadly disease flystrike. Although rabbits regularly groom themselves, grooming removes excess fur that might be ingested otherwise, and cause problems with the hairballs. Lastly a good brush helps your pet get used to being handled and allows you to check for lumps or bumps that shouldn’t be there.
How often should I groom my rabbit?
The frequency of grooming a rabbit depends on their coat. Short haired rabbits should be brushed at least twice a week, while those with long hair need brushing every day. You may need to brush your rabbit more frequently if they are shedding.
How do you groom a rabbit?
Place your rabbit on a towel and check them from head to toe – look for anything out of the ordinary, particularly a dirty bottom. Once you are happy they look normal, get your brush and stroke gently in the direction of hair growth. Rabbit skin is delicate, so take care. A moistened cotton wool ball can be used to clean around the eyes. For tough matts use a wide comb, or if you’re worried make an appointment at your local Vets4Pets.