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    Luna had a poop on her back foot which had dried quite close to her skin. After umming and ahhing hubby held her burrito style and I took scissors to it with my heart going 10 to the dozen. Luckily she was totally chilled out whilst I cut it off but is there a better way of doing it and a way to prevent it in the first place?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leannean27 View Post
    Luna had a poop on her back foot which had dried quite close to her skin. After umming and ahhing hubby held her burrito style and I took scissors to it with my heart going 10 to the dozen. Luckily she was totally chilled out whilst I cut it off but is there a better way of doing it and a way to prevent it in the first place?

    Diet will prevent this from happening Leanne. You've got all the info about that, haven't you?

    Personally I never cut the fur on rabbits' feet as I like them to keep as much of their fur on as possible. I soak in warm water (just half an inch) and work the poo off with my hand gently. then dry on warm towels.

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    I have yes thank you but she still has a few soft poos everyday which I clean away as soon as I see them. I don't give her any forage anymore apart from fresh grass as she gets worse after anything else so I am going to wait a little longer and start introducing bits again. She is now fully on pellets (has been for a few days now) and I haven't seen any today so fingers crossed but I just don't know. Her diet is exactly the same as Ralph's and he's fine. She has a multitude of hays but feel like its really trial and error with her

    Thanks for the warm water tip, I did wonder that halfway through along with I should have asked the forum before I attempted this!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leannean27 View Post
    I have yes thank you but she still has a few soft poos everyday which I clean away as soon as I see them. I don't give her any forage anymore apart from fresh grass as she gets worse after anything else so I am going to wait a little longer and start introducing bits again. She is now fully on pellets (has been for a few days now) and I haven't seen any today so fingers crossed but I just don't know. Her diet is exactly the same as Ralph's and he's fine. She has a multitude of hays but feel like its really trial and error with her

    Thanks for the warm water tip, I did wonder that halfway through along with I should have asked the forum before I attempted this!

    That's OK

    I have your PM and understand the problem.
    Let me do some research and get back to you xx
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    Quote Originally Posted by MightyMax View Post
    Diet will prevent this from happening Leanne. You've got all the info about that, haven't you?

    Personally I never cut the fur on rabbits' feet as I like them to keep as much of their fur on as possible. I soak in warm water (just half an inch) and work the poo off with my hand gently. then dry on warm towels.

    Glad you sorted it
    I do actually trim Smudge’s feet but that’s because he has SO much it matts even on his feet. Must be uncomfortable to be standing on lumps.

    Is it sticky poop? I always found the best thing with Mini was to remove the majority with toilet roll and then carefully and gently brush out the excess once it had dried. I usually managed to clean her before it smeared into her fur though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elena View Post
    I do actually trim Smudge’s feet but that’s because he has SO much it matts even on his feet. Must be uncomfortable to be standing on lumps.

    Is it sticky poop? I always found the best thing with Mini was to remove the majority with toilet roll and then carefully and gently brush out the excess once it had dried. I usually managed to clean her before it smeared into her fur though.

    Yes I've seen this type of thing. Sometimes the fur even puffs out at the side of the foot, but I can gently pluck it to remove it so rabbit isn't standing on lumps
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    Quote Originally Posted by MightyMax View Post
    Yes I've seen this type of thing. Sometimes the fur even puffs out at the side of the foot, but I can gently pluck it to remove it so rabbit isn't standing on lumps
    Yeah his does that as well. When he sheds it kind of gets stuck in the ends of the fur.

    Anyway, I digress

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    Quote Originally Posted by MightyMax View Post
    Yes I've seen this type of thing. Sometimes the fur even puffs out at the side of the foot, but I can gently pluck it to remove it so rabbit isn't standing on lumps
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    Quote Originally Posted by tlcwrites View Post
    Athena has this problem too!

    I do sometimes when I leave odd things in my trainers and put them on in a hurry

    I think it must be so uncomfortable for rabbits to have that!
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    I have a very small comb which I think is meant for hamsters or mice or similar and I comb the hair out on the underside of my bun's feet just by gently lifting one foot at a time backwards and holding it between finger and thumb. Mine are used to being handled like this when being groomed, but sometimes kick out, but I just keep going and eventually we get it done! Mine are outside and sometimes get mud, etc in the hair so need a bit of a tidy up. I would not cut the hair if you can avoid it, it takes ages to grow back and leaves a bare patch of skin on the sole of the foot

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