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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-21-2009, 02:37 PM Thread Starter
 
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Shedding help

Yesterday was the first time we took Oliver to the vet since we get him in February. While he was getting his check up we told the vet that he was shedding a lot and if there was anything we could do to minimize it since we don want him to get hair balls and have to get surgery to get rid of them. He suggested LoShed Spray. Has anyone used this? What are your opinions. Before I buy it and try it out, i want to know what everyone thinks.
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-21-2009, 04:25 PM
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Your rabbit is probably moulting. Its that time of the year again for my buns at least!
As long as you regularly brush and "pluck" Oliver, he should be just fine. Dried papya also helps prevent hairballs, and they LOVE it too!
Ive never heard of LoShed Spray. But my opinion is that it is natural for bunnies to molt 2 times a year, and I dont think it would be a good thing if you stopped them from molting, or slowed it down. But if your rabbit is just shedding alot and not molting, I dont think it could hurt.



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I have seen those products for other animals but I didn't know they had one for buns. I just brush my buns and pluck them. Penelope is going through a terrible molt right now. I used the furminator on her. You must be gentle when brushing them as their skin is thin. Also, I actually gave Penelope a bald spot from the furminator. Oh and two bald spots from plucking. Penelope is not too happy with me right now. I agree with Jess that papaya is good for shedding as well as pineapple. At least that is what I have read. Buns usually LOVE both. I have purchased papaya tabs - the new ones by oxbow my buns don't like as much as the ones they used to sell. I will also get them fresh pineapple and cut it up. Don't give too much at a time - too much sugar can upset their tummies.

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Acacia is molting too. I have cat hairball stick and it's malt flavor. Or it WAS since it's gone now but it just cleans the intestines or prevents ingested hair from staying there. I also seen a product which is EXACTLY the same as the cat stuff but labelled for bunnies and it's like 5 dollars more!! O.o papaya and pineapple arent favorites here, apples are the delicacy.
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Peaches is molting pretty heavily. I can gently pull large tuffs of fur out of her. After I get the large tufts out, I like using a Zoom Groom, a rubber brush made for cats that can be found at most pet stores. It also gives her a good massage.
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I don't like giving my rabbits any kinds of chemicals or medications unless it's absolutly necessary. I've never heard of the product that you mentioned, but usually a good brushing and plenty of hay is enough to keep the amount of injested fur down the the GI tract working smoothly.


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post #7 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-22-2009, 04:10 PM Thread Starter
 
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the problem is that he wont let himself get brushed. he sees the brush and runs.
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Haha, you all should see poor Smudge right now- He looks aweful, poor thing! He hasnt got bald spots yet, but he has a few big patched of super short fur, and then the rest of him is still pretty floofy. His face is the wost LOL, and his chunky face fur makes him look really ticked off for some reason.


Have you tried plucking him? If I hold Smudge, **** deal with plucking a little better than the wire brush, and it gets a ton of loose fur out. He acually loooooves his soft brush, but it doesnt get the fur out. You could try one of those de-shedding combs too.



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You can also try running your damp hands or a damp towel over him. Works to get a lot of the loose hair out without using a brush.


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Ahh, yes! Zoom grooms are fantastic although it sucks holding a bunny up next to the face and grooming! My sinuses, eyes and all gets so full of the finest and hardest to reach furs!
I also found that dampening a towel and smoothing Kaysh's fur and then going over it with my hand works-in the summer I do all this outside ^-^
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thanks for all your input. im going to try the damp towel move first. then ill try everything else
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it sucks holding a bunny up next to the face and grooming! My sinuses, eyes and all gets so full of the finest and hardest to reach furs!
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Yes, there is nothing worse than bunny fuzzies in contact lenses. My little guy loves to nuggle just under my chin. He's molting too, I long for my little round soft bunny. But now I have a motheaten look bunny. LOL

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Acacia's molt now is resemblimg a moth-eaten look. Probably the "cool" trend nowadays with those young ones *rolls eyes*
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Well, Smudge seems to be keeping in style then! His shoulders are short furred, and the rest of him is fluffy and chunky! Especially his butt... He tries to eat me if I butt-pluck him.



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post #15 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-29-2009, 02:06 PM Thread Starter
 
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oliver doesnt mind plucking but only if hes getting his head heavily petted.
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