To help distribute essential skin oil evenly and to prevent any excessive shedding of fur, bruising its fur regularly will be a requirement to be done. You will need to check each of its sweat glands, especially when you notice a stench emanating from your rabbit. Its sweat glands can be found on either side of its reproductive organ.
You will have to make sure that there is no crusty build up in those areas. It could be tedious to pick these out by hand and some of you may get iffy about picking it up with bare hands. You can use a pair of thin gloves.
Should you spot ticks, fleas or mites on your rabbit are mindful of the removing agent your use as many of these flea products are harmful and poisonous to rabbits. Seek out the mildest product, preferably ones used on kitten, but again as precaution, you want to ask your vet about their recommended product and brand to use on the rabbit. To avoid ticks and fleas, limit your rabbit’s exposure to animals that may carry the pests and raise your rabbit indoors. Avoid leaving them out in their hutches during months when fleas are more prevalent.
Last but not the least; your rabbit will need a routine clipping of its nails. Allowing their nails to grow too long could make it difficult for your rabbit to move. Overgrown and unkempt nails may snag on a wire, carpet, or the base of their enclosure and cause them injury.
When clipping your rabbit’s nails, you want to make sure that it doesn’t move around too much. The way to limit its movement is by swaddling it with a blanket, much like a burrito. Make sure that the blanket is not wrapped around it too tightly that it constricts but also not too loosely that it can get away. This procedure can be carried out with better ease when two people are present.
Once you have wrapped up your bunny and have it securely and comfortably situated on your lap you want to expose its paws one at time. If you notice too much squirming from your harlequin you may want to cover its eyes to get it to calm down.
Now, take your time trimming its nails and be mindful that you do not cut too deeply or you run the risk of cutting into the quick of its nails. This will cause profuse bleeding. In the event that this happens, you will need to stop the bleeding. Ask your vet what product you can use to do this. Rule of thumb when cutting its nail, don’t cut too far into the nail.