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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > DIET & CARE > Sable's a baldy now too!
Last Post by BB at 7/20/2006 5:30 PM (4 Replies)
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User is Offline Anita Stark
Ontario, Canada
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7/18/2006 2:09 AM
The fur around his face has been undergoing some noticeable changes, and last night when I picked him up gobs of loose hair started coming off.  For a while he looked like he had a real punk rocker doo!  Now there's still a little tuft between his ears and down by his nose but the space in between and around his eyes is smooth.  One little patch looked a bit pinkish last night, but this morning it is already closing fast with a new growth of silky dark hair.

If it hadn't been for this site, I might have panicked, but I realize he is at the right age for his grown up fur to be replacing all that baby fluff.  He looks more grown up and sophisticated already.  I'll miss that fluffy baby look, but he's still adorable.

Is there anything special I should do for him?  I have been brushing him daily and trying to pick off loose clumps, but are there special supplements or anything that he should have?

Thanks!
Sable's Mom

User is Offline BB
San Francisco Area
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7/18/2006 8:27 PM

Anistark - It's like fur explosion here too.  I'm so glad that you were able to find out about molting here.  It can be startling!   Some bunnies molt like that even when they get older, but usually it's just the first that is so drastic.   And dependng on where you live, your bunny may molt every few months.  Some lighter, some heavier molts.

You are doing the right thing though.  When you have a bunny who is going through an explosion type of molt, then brushing everyday is a good idea. It will keep them from digesting too much and causing problems.   You do have to be careful to not accidentally pull out hair that isn't quite ready. It can irritate their skin.  (I doubt you are doing that, but just in case, I had to put that out there because even today, I know I have to watch that myself too.)

Many people claim that Oxbow Papaya tablets, are a great supplement to help the digestive track break down hair, and prevent blockages.   Though there is some data that suggest it has nothing to with helping break down hair, I still use it.  (it reminds me when vitamin C was debated)

But either way, it doesn't hurt a bunny, and so if it does actually help then that's just icing on the cake.  

Happy Molting!


User is Offline Anita Stark
Ontario, Canada
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7/19/2006 2:05 AM
Thanks Binkybunny.  I will try to get some papaya tablets .. who knows, maybe I'll win some here

When so much fur was coming off his face the other night, I think I may have pulled a little bit that came off with another clump (that might explain the pinkish part) though I've been extra careful since and have avoided even rubbing in that area.  This morning his forehead has almost completely filled in.  That tuft between his ears is tempting though!  But I'll be patient and just keep brushing it to get the already loose stuff out.

He's got a bit on his haunches just starting to go.  How long should it take for molting to complete?

Thanks!


Sable's Mom

User is Offline barbara elliott
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7/20/2006 8:38 AM
anitastark--

I had to laugh about your description of Sable--Jhumpa's got a punk rocker look going on, too. For him, it's all on the back of his head and around the ears; it looks pretty silly from behind. Good luck with the fur! Happy molting~

User is Offline BB
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7/20/2006 5:30 PM

The time it takes to molt really depends on the bunny and the severity of the weather.  Sometimes it can happen over a few days, other times it happen over a couple of weeks.  Sometimes it starts fast, and then slows down or vice versa (usually that happens when there are extreme weather during the molt.)

Good Luck in the drawing!!  

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