Rabbit of the Month - Teddy

Rabbits Online > Pet Rabbit Discussion > Health & Wellness > Matted fur?



Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 07-28-2011, 09:03 PM   #1
kathy9012
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: north jersey, New Jersey, USA
Posts: 2
Post

My 1 and half year old holland lop has some matted fur on her bottom. Not sure how this became a problem since I give her a small amount of pellets each day along with timothy hay. Some poop is stuck to her bottom too. I tried to brush out her matted fur, but it wouldn't come out, and I'm afraid of hurting her. I have a nearby vet and she has already gone to the vet once for a check up. I was wondering if anyone's bunny gets matts easily and tips of how to prevent it. Also, I'm wondering if vets would be willing to remove the matted fur and how much it usually costs?



__________________
kathy9012 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-28-2011, 09:14 PM   #2
Pipp
RABBIT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
Pipp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Posts: 14,557
Liked 22 Times on 16 Posts
Likes Given: 53

Post

I shave my big splayed guy. I think my vet does it for $30 or so, but some will charge that as well as the $50 consultation, so best to check.

Why is it dirty is a good question. My guys with matted butts either have splay legs, long hair, arthritis, EC or they came in obese, although Mikey, my Flemish Giant, seems a little 'knotty' down there for no reason I can see..


sas



__________________
Pipp is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-28-2011, 09:24 PM   #3
kathy9012
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: north jersey, New Jersey, USA
Posts: 2
Post

Pipp wrote:

Quote:
I shave my big splayed guy.Â* I think my vet does it for $30 or so, but some will charge that as well as the $50 consultation, so best to check.

Why is it dirty is a good question.Â* My guys with matted butts either have splay legs, long hair, arthritis, EC or they came in obese, although Mikey, my Flemish Giant, seems a little 'knotty' down there for no reason I can see..Â*


sas
Okay, thanks.

Not sure. Her cage is cleaned 3 times a week, and she is at a healthy weight, so I'm unsure of why she has it.
__________________
kathy9012 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-28-2011, 11:47 PM   #4
Nancy McClelland
Larry
RABBIT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
Nancy McClelland's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Posts: 13,949
Liked 519 Times on 433 Posts
Likes Given: 633

Send a message via Yahoo to Nancy McClelland
Post

One of our Rexes used to get covered with poop. He was a lazy little guy and would just lay and poop--the problem was the cecotropes would get stuck on him and the problem would magnify. Took him in for a shave--$15 and the problem was mostly solved. Started checking him a lot more and kept him clean after that with baby wipes.

__________________

Sometimes I feel like I'm running a fertilizer factory.

Nancy McClelland is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-29-2011, 01:38 AM   #5
hillrise
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Northeastern, Oregon, USA
Posts: 387
Post

A lot of rabbits with slightly longer fur (like Hollands, and for me, Fawn and White Flemish Giants) will get mats around the base of their tails, and those will get soiled if the rabbit isn't cleaning themselves very well and/or likes to sit in poop. With my Flemish, I just laid him on his back (tranced out) and brushed and brushed and brushed. I've seen it get bad enough to require clippers (like the type you'd use to cut a guy's hair). If you can get your rabbit to trance, it's pretty easy, especially on a small guy like yours and/or you have someone to help.



__________________
hillrise is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Newest Threads