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Clipping Nails and Grooming

Grooming Tips
 
For Rex and Mini Rex- If you brush your rabbit, pet your rabbit, or wet your rabbit you may break the rex fur which will get you horrible points on the show table. The occasional petting is fine but make sure to pick up under the belly to not ruin the back fur.
 
For other rabbits-

A rabbit grooming table is a great addition to any rabbitry. Its a convenient and safe place to groom your rabbit. Many tables have storage boxes located on them, to store brushes, combs, and other grooming supplies. It is important that when turning your rabbit on a table like this, that you lift the rabbit off the table, otherwise its nails may get caught on the table, resulting in broken or removed nails.

A slicker brush should be used to remove loose fur from your rabbit. It does a great job and is gentle on your rabbits tender skin. Matted areas of your rabbit can be removed with a wire comb. Be careful not to harm your rabbit when removing mats. Severe matting can be carefully removed with blunt scissors or shaving.

Rabbits should be brushed frequently, especially during a molt. Rabbits will ingest loose hair, which can cause intestinal problems. To prevent blockage give lots of timothy hay.

Additionally you can wet your hands slightly, and run then across the rabbits back. This will remove additional amounts of loose hair. DO NOT GIVE RABBITS BATHS!

Clipping the Rabbits Nails-

The nails have a vein called the quick. Its red and if cut will bleed. You can stop the bleeding by using flour, cornstarch, or baking powder to clog it.

First- Remove the fur around the nail. Look for the quick. If you cant find it try getting someone to hold a flashlight over the nail to locate it. Once that is done cut about 1/8 of an inch above the quick. If you are nervous cut off a little at a time.

The best way to position the rabbit is between the legs. Move his head between your knees and place his back legs up against you. If he struggles you can get someone to hold the base of his ears. Some rabbits will move into a trance but it has been the experience of other breeders and me that rex or mini rex will not go into a trance.

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