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Carrie14
11-07-2011, 03:05 PM
On a thread on here http://forums.rabbitrehome.org.uk/showthread.php?t=273281&highlight=sally we were told to trim mats out of the rabbits back feet, but on this website http://wildpro.twycrosszoo.org/S/00dis/Miscellaneous/UrineScaldingRabbit.htm it says not too:? At least I think it says not to in a long winded sort of way:lol:

Just I need to know as Sally always gets mats in her back feet and I need to know whats best. :)

ETA Under treatment in bold is the bit I mean:oops:

rosienbell
11-07-2011, 03:09 PM
I dont know the right answer sorry... bumping up for you xx

beccimarie
11-07-2011, 03:27 PM
i would say leaving matts in causes the skin not to be able to breath and when the feet get wet the matts will not dry causing the skin to go moist and cause bad and sore skin, that is my experiance as a dog groomer, however i dont know if its different in rabbits. I would not clip the feet extremely short as this can cause irratation just enough to get rid of the matts and then groom them regually so there are no matts in the future :)

Carrie14
11-07-2011, 04:56 PM
i would say leaving matts in causes the skin not to be able to breath and when the feet get wet the matts will not dry causing the skin to go moist and cause bad and sore skin, that is my experiance as a dog groomer, however i dont know if its different in rabbits. I would not clip the feet extremely short as this can cause irratation just enough to get rid of the matts and then groom them regually so there are no matts in the future :)

I know this is a general rule, but rabbits are one of the only animals I can think of that have hairy feet. There must be a reason for this:?

beccimarie
11-07-2011, 04:58 PM
I know this is a general rule, but rabbits are one of the only animals I can think of that have hairy feet. There must be a reason for this:?

dogs have hairy feet :) i wasnt saying you should clip them off all the time, just if there matted and get wet the matts will never dry causing the skin to get sore, but like i said im a dog groomer its only what i know from dogs :)

parsnipbun
11-07-2011, 05:01 PM
answered to your other thread about the same question -

It means don't trim the very dense fluffy bits as they act like 'shoes' cushioning the impact of the feet on the floor. -

but DO take out any foreign matter (seeds, dirt etc), and remove the tufts that form of loose hair - as they can chew and ingest these.

beccimarie
11-07-2011, 05:04 PM
answered to your other thread about the same question -

It means don't trim the very dense fluffy bits as they act like 'shoes' cushioning the impact of the feet on the floor. -

but DO take out any foreign matter (seeds, dirt etc), and remove the tufts that form of loose hair - as they can chew and ingest these.

:thumb:

Carrie14
11-07-2011, 05:08 PM
dogs have hairy feet :) i wasnt saying you should clip them off all the time, just if there matted and get wet the matts will never dry causing the skin to get sore, but like i said im a dog groomer its only what i know from dogs :)

I worked at a dog groomers for a while and have a daft westie:lol::wave:

Dogs pads are bald, but there is no bald bit on rabbits feet, strange little beasties:lol:

Carrie14
11-07-2011, 05:12 PM
answered to your other thread about the same question -

It means don't trim the very dense fluffy bits as they act like 'shoes' cushioning the impact of the feet on the floor. -

but DO take out any foreign matter (seeds, dirt etc), and remove the tufts that form of loose hair - as they can chew and ingest these.

The problem is Sally's feet got really matted. I thought you never trim there feet. Anyway after the last thread I trimmed them no problem, not too short and only the tips of the fur. Just checking it is OK, thanks.

When I googled anti-concussion it was coming up with crash hats and stuff:lol: Took me a while to realise it was anti concussion, somehow misreads it:oops:

beccimarie
11-07-2011, 05:16 PM
I worked at a dog groomers for a while and have a daft westie:lol::wave:

Dogs pads are bald, but there is no bald bit on rabbits feet, strange little beasties:lol:

aww cool :) well i think it depends on the breeds as i have to clip alot of matts out of dogs pads.. and send them to the vets as they have grass seeds inside usally cocker spainels, west highlands usally do have bald pads as most of them have fine fur.

good piccy here of before and after http://www.thesheepiestore.com/BeforeAfterPads.jpg :)

But i do think rabbits hocks are different and need to be protected as someone else on here said they act as "shoes", dont listen to my doggy knowledge :lol: :oops:

Snowberry
11-07-2011, 05:20 PM
I have to trim the matts on Mr B's feet as they get really hard and must be uncomfortable to stand on. I do it in stages though so that I dont take it all off at once.

Carrie14
11-07-2011, 05:20 PM
Yep that's the one (the link didn't work but google found a sheep dog one:love:)

Dogs have all this fluff between the pads but I have never found bald pads on rabbits. (And yes I have looked:oops::lol:)