Coat care for rabbits
Especially rabbits that live outdoors go through a pronounced coat change. This brings with it that many hairs go out and if the rabbits eat too much of it, this could give problems in the stomach or also lead to constipation.
Help with the change of coat
The longer the rabbit’s coat, the more likely it is that it will need assistance during the shedding process.
Short-haired breeds, on the other hand, usually have no problems with shedding.
The rabbit’s environment should also be regularly cleared of too much hair, and when it’s time for a coat change, it’s especially important that the animals consume enough fluids – either in the form of water or simply through grass or vegetables.
Watch out for poop chains
If rabbits are shedding “chains” of feces – feces that are stuck together by hairs – you can tell that they have probably eaten too much hair. This is not generally a cause for concern, but it is a sign that you should keep an eye out for it.
Rabbits that naturally have long hair can be trimmed a bit in the summer. Using a special hair trimmer, which can be purchased at pet stores, is a fairly simple matter. On the one hand, the rabbits sweat less, on the other hand, you can keep an eye on the skin in the anus area and recognize more quickly if something is inflamed or the annoying and dangerous fly maggots should settle.
Especially sick, weakened and older animals can no longer care for their fur as well as healthy ones and are exactly then a point of attack for fly maggots.
If matting is discovered on long-haired breeds, this should also be carefully removed. However, special care must be taken not to injure the rabbit – in the case of particularly long-haired contemporaries, it is no longer really possible to distinguish between fur and skin!
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