Keeping your bunny well taken care of physically is essential to your bunny living a long healthy life. One key area to keep focus on, are their nails and paws. Not tending properly to your bunny's nails can leave them over grown and cause pain and discomfort. As a rule of thumb bunnies nails should be trimmed every one to two months. Paw treatment is equally important. You want your bunny's paws to remain stain free and by doing this ensuring that if they accidentally step in their urine, the acid does not irritate their skin. The good news, like we always advocate is if you take the proactive approach, rather than the reactive approach, Keeping their paws and nails healthy is an easily maintained system. Below are the steps we recommend to approaching each.
First we will discuss trimming your bunny's nails:
*It is important to note that we at Lovely Bunny's strongly recommend using a Veterinarian or Groomer to trim your bunny's nails. They have the training and staff to do it quickly and efficiently, and should cost no more than about ten dollars.
However if that is not an available option, and you must do it yourself, here are the proper steps to take:
1. You will need a partner to trim your bunny's nails effectively. Once you have someone to help, make sure you have a good pair of nail clippers made for bunnies or cats. Last, you will need a towel, styptic powder to apply to stop the bleeding if you cut to close, and then a treat from the Bunny Bonding Bag Kit
2. Next have your spotter wrap your bunny snug in a towel, while focusing on keeping their hind supported. This will eliminate them making awkward twists and movements, which can potentially lead to injury.
3. Once your bunny is snug and settled proceed to trimming the nails. You should be able to see where the nail changes to a more pink color, also known as the quick. This carries blood supply and in turn your bunny will be in pain if you cut past that and proceed to bleed. It is far better to trim in baby steps rather than all at once.
4. Once you have identified the part of the nail that can be cut versus what is still carrying blood flow, keep a steady hand, and in a quick motion cut the nail to avoid making a more blunt cut, as opposed to a clean cut of just the perfect amount.
5. If you do make a slight error and the nail begins to bleed, do not stress. That is why we have the styptic powder, it works as a numbing agent for pain and will also stop the bleeding.
6. Once you have finished trimming the nails, do a once over to make sure none are bleeding, and then reward your bunny with a treat from the Bunny Bonding Bag Kit. This will reinforce their good behavior, and that their job well done resulted in them being rewarded with a tasty treat!
Next, We will discuss paw care:
Bunnies paws over time can become stained for a number of reasons. If left untreated it could result into some potentially serious issues.
The best way to avoid this is be Proactive, and never let their paws get into a state where they will need medication to clear a sore up from poor owner grooming.
The first thing is, once every one to two weeks, give your bunny a nice paw bath in roughly a half inch of water, no more. Proceed to dunk your bunny's paws in warm water. Use Bunny and small pet friendly shampoo and clean them to make sure they stay as healthy as the day the were born.
If between those periods you notice dirt or anything stuck to your bunny's paws use a wet wipe to clean it off, and get rid of the bacteria. Always keep in mind that bunnies do not ever take actual baths, this can actually give them a heart attack and result in premature death. They are fantastic groomers and generally do all the work themselves. However, if you implicate these procedures since day one of bringing your baby bunny home, your bunnies feet will be healthy and perfect for years and years to come!
One thing we have learned throughout the years, is that when it comes to bunnies life spans it is all about being proactive. Following these steps will never put you in a position where your bunny is in pain from sores they have developed from lack of attention, and it saves your bunny a ton of discomfort and you a ton of stress and worry!
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