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by Andrea Austin
Checking the Teeth
Just like nails, rabbits teeth grow and grow and grow. In fact, this is why rabbits love to chew things so much! Chewing helps to wear down the teeth so that they remain healthy and comfortable.
Sometimes, if a rabbit has a malocclusion or the teeth are not lined up properly, problems can occur. Teeth that are too long will stop a rabbit from eating, and your bunny could starve. Therefore, you need to check regularly to make sure that the teeth are being worn down properly.
If they look too long or are not getting worn down, you will need to have your vet trim the teeth or trim them yourself. As with the nail clipping, it is a good idea to observe a tooth-trimming first so you know how to do it on your own in the future.
Do You Need To Clean Your Bunnys Ears?
Rabbits ears should generally be clean, and you will need to take a look from time to time to ensure that theres nothing there that should not be. But if you see any sort of waxy buildup or dirt, you will need to make a trip to the vet.
As a rule, you should not try to clean your bunnys ears yourself. If you do, you risk hurting the delicate inner ear, so its best to leave this to the professionals.
Cleaning the Eyes
If your rabbit has a little crustiness in his eyes, you can simply wipe it off. Its totally normal and nothing to worry about.
However, if your rabbits eyes are very watery or you notice any unusual discharge, there could be a more serious illness. Take your rabbit to the vet and get him checked out. Your vet may need to prescribe medications or eye drops. Be sure to follow the directions to the T.
Keeping the Scent Glands Clean
Last but not least, we come to the scent glands. Similar to skunks and ferrets, rabbits have scent glands. These glands, two of them to be exact, are located on either side of the animals anus. Unpleasant though it may sound, you really need to check the glands regularly and clean away the scent, which can build up and clog the glands.
All you need to do this are some Q-tips or cotton balls and a bit of warm water. Simply wet the cotton or Q-tip and then dab gently at the scent glands.
In order to get at the glands, hold your bunny upside down, and be extremely careful that you have got him in a secure grip. If you cannot do this safely on your own, get a helper to do the holder while you do the cleaning. Remember that rabbits who struggle while being held are at risk for breaking their back, so try to calm and soothe your pet.
I know this may not be the most pleasant task, but its essential as part of your rabbits healthy grooming routine!
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