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Anyone bathe rabbi?

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Do you need to bathe your rabbi? Also... how do you clip thier nails?
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No, you shouldn't need to bathe rabbits. They clean themselves :D If they aren't keeping themselves clean that can be a sign that something is wrong.

To clip their nails, it can be helpful if you have someone else that can hold them. If you don't have anyone who can help, you can gently wrap them up in a towel to make it easier to handle them. Some bunnies can be tranced - they will stay laying down on their backs without moving. If your bunny can be tranced you can cut their nails while they are laying on your lap, but out of the 5 rabbits I've owned I only had one that would stay tranced.

Just like cat or dog nails, you want to look at the nail and find the quick, the pink part, because if you clip that it will bleed. Just clip off the tips making sure not to cut the quick. It can be hard at first, especially if you have a rabbit who struggles, but you should get the hang of it.

This site has picture that might be helpful.
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Just one thing to add on nail clipping. Have some corn starch on hand. If the nail is bleeding, you can apply the corn starch to the nail to stop the bleeding.
Oh right, some people use flour?? But I found that it was more messy than blotty.. Just in case you don't have cornstarch on hand.
So cornstarch is better than flour? I have found that flour is really messy. I bought the stuff they sell at the pet store for it - stiptic powder (or something like that) but I never can find it at nail clipping time.
I thought you where supposed to use baking soda...? LOL, I guess there are a lot of different things you can use.
I bought vet stuff called "Quik Stop" but I found it at Wal-Mart for like 3 or 4 dollars which works like a charm
The one time I cut too close and it bled he wriggled out of my lap and hid so I couldn't use anything. :/ but he licked the blood off himself and cleaned the actual cut as well I guess and he still lets me at his paws so even though I still feel guilty I don't think any real harm was done.

Normally I hold him in my lap on a towel that I can wrap around him, he'll be sort of half-sitting with his back against my abdomen and that way I can get at all his paws. It took me a while to figure out the best way though.
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