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Forum HOUSE RABBIT Q & A Matting help plz!!

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    • Gingerxmistyxo
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      Hi so ginger sheds a lot and hates being groomed. I get as much as I can off him using a brush but today when I’ve turned him round to do his bum check, I’ve found he’s quite matted around his bum and hind leg area. Can anyone help me on what to do? He won’t let me brush it and I’m cautious to do that anyway as I don’t want to hurt his skin. Could anyone advise what to do? Could I cut the mats out? Any advise will be greatly appreciated. He gets groomed once sometimes twice a day as it’s hotter so he’s losing more fur than usual. I’ve attached a photo for reference. It looks like he has weed on himself and it’s dried out. It’s happened quite quickly too as it’s only been a few days since I last checked (I’ve had covid so haven’t been able to get out of bed)

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    • DanaNM
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      Hmm the picture isn’t showing up.

      If you pull the mats from the sides this can often help break them up without pulling the skin. If things are really bad it might be best to have the vet do a sanitary shave.

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    • Bam
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      Sometimes you can cut vertical “gaps” in the mats, then gently pull the fur apart. Another method is to cut the mats horizontally, a centimeter or so above the skin. Then you brush or pry the remaining mats apart with your fingers. The matted fur as a rule consist of both “live” fur and “dead” fur that has already detached, so a lot of the fur will come off altogether.


    • Gingerxmistyxo
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      Hi guys Thankyou. I’ve done my best to cut them horizontally and have teased a few out with a brush. I’m taking it slow and at his pace as I don’t want to stress him out. He’s moulting quite bad at the minute. He usually does around this time of year and then around Christmas time and some of the matts have come out themselves when he’s been moulting his coat. Thanks so much. I’m going to continue what I’m doing as the matts are clean  . I want to avoid vet intervention if possible, as I don’t like the idea of having him put under anaesthetic for it (we lost his brother due to anaesthesia so I’m a big worrier because of that). Again thanks so much for the help. Greatly appreciated. Xx


    • LBJ10
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      My vet does sanitary shaves without sedation… but I suppose it depends on the bunny and if they will remain still or not. She doesn’t shave too close either. Anyway, sometimes it’s better to just “start over” by having it shaved.


    • Gingerxmistyxo
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      Hi, thanks for letting me know. I’m not sure if you’re in England or the uk but the vets in my area all seem to do them under anaesthesia. There is a groomers who actually groom rabbits and have quite a bit of experience so I am going to contact them on Monday but he looks quite good now that his moult is coming to an end.

       

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