Rabbits normally shed fur twice a year, and the new coat grows in as the old one sheds. According to the University of Miami Biology Department's House Rabbit Society, fur loss occurs in rabbits for a variety of reasons, including parasites, mange, overgrooming and infections. Dwarf rabbits generally groom themselves, but shedding periods may need human intervention as rabbits cannot digest or regurgitate fur. If your dwarf bunny is otherwise healthy but you notice fur loss, there are a few steps you can take to ensure that the rabbit is comfortable and on the road to recovery.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Fresh water
- Water bowl
- Soft comb or brush
- Dried papaya or papaya tablets
- Fresh grass and hay
- Green vegetables
Brush your rabbit every day during a shedding period using a soft comb or brush, going in the natural direction that the fur grows. Also wet your hands and rub your rabbit going backwards and forwards along its body to collect loose fur in your hands.
Give your dwarf rabbit pieces of dried papaya or papaya pellets every day if you notice your rabbit's droppings are abnormally dry, which could indicate a fur blockage in the intestines. Papaya is a digestive aid as well as a treat.
Give your rabbit plenty of fresh water from a bowl instead of a drip bottle. The water will flush out any ingested hair in the rabbit's system, which can be painful and even fatal.
Provide an unlimited supply of fresh grass, hay and wet vegetables. Drench the veggies in water to further increase your dwarf rabbit's fluid intake.
Check your rabbit's droppings for hair to ensure that the fur is coming out.
Tips and warnings
- Take your dwarf rabbit to a veterinarian if you do not see improvement after a few days.
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