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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-23-2009, 02:14 PM Thread Starter
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help with cleaning bunny pl;ease

we have a 7yr old bunny that has never cleaned her self so we have always bathed her,but last weekend we bathed her and went to bath her on tue and found some maggots on her,we very quickly took her to the vets where she was sorted out but now we can't bath her and are having problems getting her properly clean.
she has arthrites in her back legs which is also making it difficult any help would be very apriciated
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-23-2009, 04:39 PM
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Is she kept outside? If she is, you really need to bring her indoors- Having a messy butt could kill her, because of fly strike. Ive never heard of indoor rabbits getting flystrike, so she would be much safer there. Instead on completely bathing her, try using a wet washcloth to wipe her off.
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Jess is right. If she is outside and you can't bring her in, perhaps you could use mosquito netting to cover her hutch and make sure no flies can get in her hutch from underneath. When you let her out for exercise, make sure her butt is clean before putting her back in her hutch.
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Why doesn't she clean herself? Is she overweight or anything? Usually only sick or overweight rabbits don't groom themselves.

Did you vet offer any solutions to how to keep her clean if he/she said not to bathe her?

You can look at this site, I was thinking specifically the dry bath directions might help you.
http://www.bio.miami.edu/hare/buttbath.html
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Dry Bath Procedure
1. Purchase a container of Baby Cornstarch Powder (DO NOT use Baby Powder or any sort of powder that contains talc, as talc is a respiratory irritant and may even be carcinogenic!) from the grocery store baby section. You can use either unscented or scented cornstarch powder. DO NOT use commercial flea powders or other pesticides on your bunny. Use only baby-safe cornstarch powder for best, safest results.

2. Place bunny is a comfortable position so that the soiled parts are easily accessible. This may involve placing him in your lap on a bunched towel so that he feels secure, or simply laying him on the floor in a comfortable position, if he's calm and won't try to run off.

3. Liberally apply the cornstarch to the soiled areas, and gently work the powder down into the fur, around messy poops, and down to the skin.

4. Work the powder around any stubborn clumps of debris gently. As the cornstarch coats the mess, it will slide away easily.

5. Once the largest bits of mess have been removed, use a soft-tipped brush to gently loosen any remaining dirt and debris.

6. Pat the powdered areas well to remove loose powder.

Bunny should be clean and fragrant in just a few minutes! Rabbits generally enjoy a dry bath, and will sit quietly as the soothing powder takes away the sting of urine burn.
I would also recommend taking her inside if she isn't already. While rabbits can still get flystrike inside, it isn't as common.


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thanks to all
she is an outdoor rabbit she used to be out there with her 2 sisters 2 brothers and her mum,they have all gone now but they where always in the garden not in the hutch much only at night.
she is not over wieght now she did used to be when she had all the others food to eat,she has always been a lazy bunny not wanting to come out to play but the last year she has been on her own and has come out more,i think that is why she now has arthriters in her back legs.
she ok now but has been shaved and i think that it why we not aloud to bath her,thanks again for all you'r help
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If you think she has arthritis, she needs a vet appointment and to be on some type of medication to help alleviate the pain.

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she has medication for her arthrites also on baytrill and cream for her skin where she was shaved
she gets around ok (sort of)she eats everything
we have had her indoors the last few days as she can't be in the garden just yet.
i'm just having trouble cleaning her without getting her wet
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Can/did you dry her well after her baths? Bunny fur can take a long time to dry and wet fur can attract flys. Maybe if you still give her baths you could keep her inside at least untill she is dry. Or if she'll let you, dry her with a hair drier on the lowest setting so it's not to hot for her.

But my concern would be that if she's not cleaning herself, even without baths the pee and feces stuck to her fur will also attract flys. So you do need to find a way to keep her clean.

I would try the dry baths I mentioned above or call the vet and ask what the vet suggests you do.


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hi
i tried dry bathing and that seem to work well(thanks for that)
i will keep up with that. thanks again everyone
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