Health & Hygiene

Grooming & Hygiene

  • Rabbits bathe themselves as cats do and should rarely, if ever, need baths.
    • If a rabbit gets matted fur, corn starch-based baby powder works well. Talc in normal baby powder can be fatal if swallowed.
    • If a rabbit has diarrhea, consider bathing only the soiled area.
    • If a full bath becomes necessary, use only rabbit shampoo. If possible, use a waterless or a powder one instead. Keep the animal warm and away from drafts. Be sure to dry it quickly.
  • Nails may need frequent trimming or filing. Cut the clear part of the nail and avoid the quick - the pink part that contains blood vessels.
    • If bleeding occurs, use baking soda or styptic powder to stop the bleeding.
    • In the case of short or dark nails, use a nail file to trim instead of clippers

Health Issues:

A happy and healthy animal will be…

  • Active and alert
  • Inquisitive
  • Eat and drink regularly
  • Healthy skin and fur
  • Clear eyes
  • Hops normally
  • Clean bottom

A sick or injured animal may have…

  • Weight loss
  • Heavy or deep breathing
  • Skin lesions or bumps
  • Abnormal hair loss
  • Lethargic
  • Dirty bottom
  • Eye or nasal discharge