Not sure how to groom your bunny or are they going through a heavy molt? Stop by during one of our Care Days and we can show you how! We can also clean scent glands.
Your rabbit should have their nails trimmed at least once a month or every other month. Stop by with your bun on any Adoption Day or Care Day and we'll be happy to trim your bunnies nails for you. Nail trims are free, donations appreciated!
Making sure your rabbit never runs out of hay and has plenty of water is one way to help keep their gut moving and preventing "hairballs," but sometimes they need a little help! Most rabbit breeds molt approximately every three months, alternating between light and heavy sheds. Because rabbits groom frequently, they can get hairballs if they ingest too much fur or don't have enough fiber (especially if they aren't big hay-eaters), but unlike cats, rabbits cannot vomit. This means that the more fur your rabbit ingests, the more likely it will be that they can develop a large mass of tangled hair and food that can block their stomach exit, causing a painful and potentially lethal condition called G.I Stasis or bloat.
Rabbits should be brushed weekly, but during heavy sheds they may need extra assistance by plucking the loose fur along with brushing to help remove the loose fur quickly. Bald spots are common while rabbits are having a heavy shed, but if the bald spot appears irritated or flaky you may want to consult a veterinarian.
Long-haired rabbits will require regular brushing, sometimes multiple times a week to prevent matting.
At Magic Happens Rabbit Rescue we have multiple volunteers with many years of experience grooming, we will be more than happy to answer any grooming questions that you might have!