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Old 02/15/08, 01:06 PM
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Can you give a rabbit a bath?

I am assuming you can. But can anyone give me any tips. I have a rabbit that had a bad case of ear mites. I learned a hard lesson that ear mites can hide in wood nest boxes. Anyway, she is all better but her ear has this flaky stuff on it. should I give her a bath to remove it so her fur will grow back full in that place on her ear again. Maybe I am being silly but I'd hope she can look as pretty as she did before. Any tips?

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Old 02/15/08, 01:15 PM
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IMO, not worth it!
I wouldnt put the rabbit through the stress for starters.
They can chill really easy and get sick.
And never, never put water near the ears!!!
One drop of water that runs into the ear canal and now you have major probs with a nasty infection.

Sorry but buns and water IMO, are not a good mix. To many things can go wrong.

A little mineral oil on a cotton swab would be best for removing the flaky dead skin. Rub gently and dont expect much to come off at a time. It will probably take days of cleaning a few minutes here and there to remove the bulk of it.
You dont want to make the skin raw from over rubbing.

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Old 02/15/08, 01:19 PM
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Oh thanks! What good idea! I bet she might enjoy that too. Thanks I was none to looking forward to giving her a bath and putting her and I through that either. Will her fur grow back normally on that patch on her ear?

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Old 02/15/08, 01:29 PM
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Gee I cant say for sure if it will grow back. I would think the odds are in the buns favor that all will be as it once was.
Buns have remarkable abilities at regrowing hair.

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Old 02/15/08, 01:30 PM
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I would never give a rabbit a bath due to it can make them very sick an fast. If needing to clean the ears do this... I use a cottonball with some mineral oil to clean my rabbits ears make sure you do not go to deep or you can hurt the bunny ear drum.

The hair on the ears will grow back but give it time to come back.

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Old 02/15/08, 02:31 PM
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Yes, as others have said, water & buns don't mix - I think it's even worse than cats & water don't mix. You can also clean out the ear with a betadine solution if you're concerned about infection from the ear mites. When we end up with a rabbit with it, we clean them out with that, and then put a bit of olive oil in their ears & squish around to smother the mites - seems to work well.

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Gosh.... I've given many a rabbit a bath when they were exceptionally dirty, and with no bad results. Just gotta use some common sense and allow them to fully dry before returning them to their cage. Keep them away from drafts when wet and try not to get water in the ears. During the heat of summer, outside rabbits can be sprayed with a hose. Rabbits can also swim and many actually enjoy getting wet.

However, if the bathing is only for the purpose of cleaning the ears, I wouldn't recommend it. Use mineral or baby oil, instead.

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Old 02/16/08, 08:08 AM
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i tried to give my buck a bath last summer
he ended up covered in blood!!!! mine
but it didnt hurt him just made him very mad
it didnt seem to get him clean either but maybe i didnt use the right stuff
i used watered down medicated dog shampoo

he was mad at me for a few weeks after that to

then he molted and was nice and white again

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Old 02/16/08, 10:21 AM
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Originally Posted by SILEIGH
i tried to give my buck a bath last summer
he ended up covered in blood!!!! mine
but it didnt hurt him just made him very mad
it didnt seem to get him clean either but maybe i didnt use the right stuff
i used watered down medicated dog shampoo

he was mad at me for a few weeks after that to

then he molted and was nice and white again

Use CAT shampoo!!! use nothing that the bun can't safely remove from his coat himself!!

Corn starch can be used to remove dirt from coats, a way of 'spot cleaning' if need be. Make a dry paste, rub it in, then brush out after it has fully dried.

I am trying to figure out a way to help disinfect coats for travel purposes-- to and from shows, new homes, fairs, etc--and my concern is the hock area-- so thick and usually tangled-- I will be experimenting with an idea once the weather warms up...
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Remember when treating for mites to re-treat around the 2 week mark, this is when the new ones hatch. Put oil in the ear and the rabbit will clean the ear herself. Yes the hair will grow back.

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Old 02/19/08, 01:09 PM
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I use that Ear Pain Reliever by Salisan, that you can get in the pharmacy area at Walmart. (my walmart anyway)

I then put horse paste Ivermectin into the ear. Treat again in 2 weeks.

I had a cage with a wooden cradle on it that was causing the problem. When we built the all wire cages... that problem went away.

I've also given my rabbits with ear infection from mites, baths without any problems. USE GLOVES!
Just rinse the ears out until the water runs clear from any "gunk"... those ears are in pain... so I do not towel the ears dry. I use a blow dryer on low, at a distance, and keep the rabbit inside the house. Then I use the treatment above.
The ears always cleared up miraculously, and never came back on the rabbits, after removing them from that cage.

Good luck...

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Old 02/19/08, 07:32 PM
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I just gave a kit a bath today, because its butt was poo-packed. Got only the lower half wet, and made sure it was good and dry before it went back out.

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