As they keep themselves clean, most rabbits do not need much grooming. Lionhead rabbits, however, need daily grooming, as their woolly fur can otherwise become matted. If they swallow too much fur, lionhead rabbits can grow wool blocks in their bowels. By removing loose hair, daily brushing decreases the risk. Daily grooming sessions, apart from the need, often offer an opportunity for you to bond with your pets.
Phase 1–Step 1
Shortly after you adopt it, take your lionhead rabbit to the vet for an initial checkup. Ask the vet during the checkup to show you how to properly clip the rabbit’s nails and ask any other grooming questions you have.
Phase 2 — Step 2
For weekly grooming sessions, keep your rabbit on your lap. Any forming mats in the fur are carefully combed out. Start at the tip of the fur and work in stages towards the roots, as you would remove a knot from the hair of a child. Do not pull the fur and do not let the comb’s teeth strike the skin of the rabbit, which is delicate.
Phase 3 — Step 3
Clean all the hair on the back and sides of the rabbit. This is to remove loose hair to stop the creation of more mats.
Phase 4 — Step 4
Check the teeth of the rabbit. Provided there are several twigs for the rabbit to gnaw, his teeth should be safe. Keep an eye on its teeth, though, and take the rabbit to the vet if they become overgrown.
Phase 5 — Step 5
If required, clip the rabbit’s nails. Trim each nail off a little at a time to make sure you don’t cut through the fast one.
Phase 6 — Step 6
Examine the ears and eyes of the rabbit to ensure if they are clear with no discharge. Contact your vet if you see anything strange.
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