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Forum DIET & CARE How to make a “bunny burrito?”

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    • LillyBear
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      My aunt told me to make a bunny burrito to make Lilly stop squirming about when we need to do somthing with her (like cut nails, feel medicine, etc.) but when me and my husband wrap her up she squirms right out… does anyone have any pictures of a proper bunny burrito or specific directions on how to do it???  THANKS!!


    • dmh426
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      Ah yes, the bunny burrito. I have used this method ALOT in the past week giving Sophie medicine. Take a large bath size towel and wrap the bunny up like a baby. Make sure the legs are all in there and that the head is just poking out. Then, you can remove legs or feet as needed from the folds and it’s the easiest way to trance a bunny into giving them medicine in the corner of their mouths. If your bunny is squirming alot, it means that they don’t particularly feel safe. Don’t worry, they will eventually get the hang of it as long as you are confident doing it.


    • LillyBear
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      oooh thanks!!! we were letting her arms stick out 😮 i didn’t know you put her in upto the head!! I can’t wait to try it.. I am away from home for the night but I will be back tomorrow.. heheee can’t wait to try it on my bun!


    • KOKKINIKLOSTI
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      I will tell you sth strange! Aftias hates being tranced and most of the times restists hard! But he gets soooo soothed and relaxed when i wrap him in his towel (yes, he likes a specific towel!) that some times falls asleep like a baby! Oh, and try to warm the towel a bit before you lay her down! Bunnies seem to like warm towels!


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      We just did this in my handling class in the vet school I am at. I always just kind of wrapped them up as best I could but in class we learned how to make a really good one that is very secure. It does take a bit of practice still though. What we did was fold a little bit of towel over and tuck this under the chin. About 2/3rds of the towel should be sticking out the back of the bunny still. Then fold one side over and tuck it tightly around the bunny’s body. Then fold the other side over. Out the back you will have a kind of twisted “tail”. Take the tail and fold it over the back of the bunny and tuck it into the top at the back of the head. In this way you can take out the front legs and have very good access to the head and mouth. The bunnies seem to like feeling secure in it too. This is truly a bunny burrito! They are so cute. I will try and see if I can get some pictures of it. Good luck! We did this to my bunny with malocclusion that had to get his teeth trimmed every 2 weeks and he tolerated it very well.


    • Anita Stark
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      Sable’s so little  I use a large tea towel.  I leave the towel in a shoe box that he plays with between uses so that it’s a comfort thing for him too.  When I’m ready to make a burrito I take the towel and fold back a bit that will go at his head end.  Then I casually toss the towel over him and scoop him up while wrapping the around his sides and tucking his feet in.  I put him on his back in my lap like this and  I take the bit of towel that was folded back and bring it forward over his head.  Then I rub his forehead with my thumbs and he relaxes into a trance. 

      If I don’t do it with enough firmness (i.e. confidence) he gets a bit wriggly and I just let him go and try again later.  But if I do it right it only takes a few minutes and I can get all of his nails done one foot at a time just by drawing the foot out of a fold in the towel.   I pause to rub his head and cheeks between doing each foot just to help him stay relaxed.   When I’m done I just unwrap him and in a second he comes around and hops away.

      It is easy also to uncover his face while I check his teeth.  Thankfully I haven’t had to administer any meds.

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    • LillyBear
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      anitastark your bunny is adorable.

      thanks for the tips guys… bunny is getting burritoed tomorrow… i am sure it is going to take me quite a few tries.. I hope we both have patience for eachother!!


    • Gravehearted
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      hi lilybear! it looks like you got a lot of helpful answers – but I just wanted to say welcome to the forums!

      i use a method much like the one bestlind described – the key i find is to make sure the back paws are really secure.

      good luck!


    • BinkyBunny
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      Everyone has given great advice, I just wanted to add.  Anitastark – what a cute picture!


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      Posted By bestlind on 12/31/2006 6:54 AM
      We just did this in my handling class in the vet school I am at. I always just kind of wrapped them up as best I could but in class we learned how to make a really good one that is very secure. It does take a bit of practice still though. What we did was fold a little bit of towel over and tuck this under the chin. About 2/3rds of the towel should be sticking out the back of the bunny still. Then fold one side over and tuck it tightly around the bunny’s body. Then fold the other side over. Out the back you will have a kind of twisted "tail". Take the tail and fold it over the back of the bunny and tuck it into the top at the back of the head. In this way you can take out the front legs and have very good access to the head and mouth. The bunnies seem to like feeling secure in it too. This is truly a bunny burrito! They are so cute. I will try and see if I can get some pictures of it. Good luck! We did this to my bunny with malocclusion that had to get his teeth trimmed every 2 weeks and he tolerated it very well.

      Very cool you’re in vet school.   Are you interested in specializing in any area yet?

      That would be extremely helpful for people to actually see how it is done.  Originally I searched on the net, and was not successful in finding step by step pictures on how to correctly.


    • Anita Stark
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      Posted By BinkyBunny on 01/04/2007 1:25 AM
      Everyone has given great advice, I just wanted to add.  Anitastark – what a cute picture!

      Thanks BinkyBunny!  I just love the look in his eyes, you can tell he’s completely relaxed.  A second after the picture was taken I unwrapped him and he snapped to and did a binky dance on the couch.. wish I could’ve captured that on camera too…


    • LillyBear
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      Well I did it!! I burritoed Lilly.. she sat so nice for a while!! When I tried wrapping her up again a few hours later though she wanted nothing to do with it.. Though I did successfully trance her 2 times without being wrapped up.. Im still practicing.. but so far I think I am doing good! yay!


    • BinkyBunny
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      Congratulations!!!   Wooohoooo!!  It sounds like you both are becoming more comfortable with practice


    • KOKKINIKLOSTI
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      Congrats girl!! It sounds like you are getting into this!

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