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    While doing a bum check i noticed an opening filled will grime down the side of fidget's genital area and what with the time of year i went into panic mode and legged it to the vets. Turns out she had got a load of dirt and grime caught in the fold of the skin down there which made it open wider so the vet cleaned it for me and gave her some rearguard to keep my mind at rest. God i hate this time of year sometimes!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SisterMoonbeam View Post
    While doing a bum check i noticed an opening filled will grime down the side of fidget's genital area and what with the time of year i went into panic mode and legged it to the vets. Turns out she had got a load of dirt and grime caught in the fold of the skin down there which made it open wider so the vet cleaned it for me and gave her some rearguard to keep my mind at rest. God i hate this time of year sometimes!!!
    Yeah that's the inguinal space - inside which the inguinal gland is situated. A dark coloured secretion is secreted by the inguinal gland and a fine coating put over each dropping! It's how they scent their droppings....Mmmm! tasty!
    Some buns get blocked inguinal spaces - I have such a bunny! It's not dirt and grime but bunny scent concentrate!! If you take a look at the Health sub-forum you'll see a recent post by me about just this. It describes how we clean it out ourselves But like Jane says....it really smells bad so hold your nose!

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    Quote Originally Posted by prettylupin View Post
    Yeah that's the inguinal space - inside which the inguinal gland is situated. A dark coloured secretion is secreted by the inguinal gland and a fine coating put over each dropping! It's how they scent their droppings....Mmmm! tasty!
    Some buns get blocked inguinal spaces - I have such a bunny! It's not dirt and grime but bunny scent concentrate!! If you take a look at the Health sub-forum you'll see a recent post by me about just this. It describes how we clean it out ourselves But like Jane says....it really smells bad so hold your nose!
    I used to clean my bridge bunny Flopsy's about every month, so got to know that area quite well, has anyone else ever seen broken skin in this area?

    I have taken Princess Peach to the vets twice because she has a small (1-2mm) hole in her fold. When I clean it it has a small amount of blood in it. Three vets have checked in and said it is fine and normal but out of the six bunnies I've owned I've ever only seen this on Peach. Are the vets right that it is properly just where she has caught herself whilst washing, jumping etc or should I get a fourth opinion?

    Peach has recetly lost a lot of weight but is slowly putting it back on and both bunnies had a 28 day preventitive dose of Panacur wen they lost weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lostunicorn View Post
    I used to clean my bridge bunny Flopsy's about every month, so got to know that area quite well, has anyone else ever seen broken skin in this area?

    I have taken Princess Peach to the vets twice because she has a small (1-2mm) hole in her fold. When I clean it it has a small amount of blood in it. Three vets have checked in and said it is fine and normal but out of the six bunnies I've owned I've ever only seen this on Peach. Are the vets right that it is properly just where she has caught herself whilst washing, jumping etc or should I get a fourth opinion?

    Peach has recetly lost a lot of weight but is slowly putting it back on and both bunnies had a 28 day preventitive dose of Panacur wen they lost weight.
    I think these folds should be self-cleaning or cleaned by bunny ideally. It's possible the hole is the opening to the gland itself? Is it on both sides? Hard to see without looking. I think if the vets say it is ok then it probably is. To be honest we don't look to closely as our 'blocked gland bunny' hates being inverted for too long and finds it stressful, so we tend to only do it every few months at the most, and just quickly wipe and leave. What do you clean it with? It's possible there is a little capillary near the surface and this is what bleeds if it gets knocked, or it could be something else? I think if you are really worried ask another vet The first time we found the blocked gland I rang the vets in a panic too you'd think after all my medical training i'd have expected it to be the inguinal gland! I just thought 'fly strike' immediately Oh well, better to be safe than sorry, so I think with this blood then do the same. Hopefully it's nothing to worry about tho

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    Quote Originally Posted by prettylupin View Post
    I think these folds should be self-cleaning or cleaned by bunny ideally.
    Both my females either can't or won't clean this area and I have to do it for them every couple of months. Really don't know why as neither are overweight (confirmed last week by the vet when I took them for the myxi vaccs) but they just don't seem to want to bother. My male on the other hand is constantly cleaning and looks a but miffed if I even check he's ok down there.

    Do you think I should ge the vet to check they are ok?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhian33 View Post
    Both my females either can't or won't clean this area and I have to do it for them every couple of months. Really don't know why as neither are overweight (confirmed last week by the vet when I took them for the myxi vaccs) but they just don't seem to want to bother. My male on the other hand is constantly cleaning and looks a but miffed if I even check he's ok down there.

    Do you think I should ge the vet to check they are ok?
    I shouldn't worry too much it seems that a lot of us are having this issue!!
    Our girl cleans hers but our boy doesn't...but then he really can't be bothered with this cleaning lark full stop! Much rather get Poppy to clean him....typical man
    If you're worried then yes of course, get the vet to check and reassure you. I'm sure it's fine, we noticed this time one side had fallen out of its own accord and we only had to clean one side. So perhaps when they get so full they full out on their own anyway? We just noticed that our bun seems more comfortable once we've removed the build up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by prettylupin View Post
    I shouldn't worry too much it seems that a lot of us are having this issue!!
    Our girl cleans hers but our boy doesn't...but then he really can't be bothered with this cleaning lark full stop! Much rather get Poppy to clean him....typical man
    If you're worried then yes of course, get the vet to check and reassure you. I'm sure it's fine, we noticed this time one side had fallen out of its own accord and we only had to clean one side. So perhaps when they get so full they full out on their own anyway? We just noticed that our bun seems more comfortable once we've removed the build up.
    Ok, good. I was always under the impression it was normal for some buns. You just seemed to know lots about it so thought I should check . I have the opposite with my buns, it's my boy who is the clean 1 and the girls who are happy to wander around covered in hay and dirt from digging.

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    Thanks PrettyLupin! See this is why i love this forum, some things the vets don't actually know you can find out on here.

    I did notice the smell, that is what worried me, smelt infected!

    I shall take a look at your thread. Shame i didn't see it earlier, would have saved me 21

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    Quote Originally Posted by SisterMoonbeam View Post
    Thanks PrettyLupin! See this is why i love this forum, some things the vets don't actually know you can find out on here.

    I did notice the smell, that is what worried me, smelt infected!

    I shall take a look at your thread. Shame i didn't see it earlier, would have saved me 21
    Brilliant isn't it? Talking about the smell, I have noticed that my dominant female smells more than my other female.

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    I hate cleaning scent glands... you will fine that it is usually dominant females that tend to need cleaning more often, as they are generally more territorial and scent mark more. Milly always needs her cleaning! My sister rang me once panicking that her bunny had dried blood down there... I had to drive all the way over (an hour) just to tell her it was her scent glands that needed cleaning

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