How to Bathe a Dwarf Rabbit

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Items you will need

  • Rabbit or small animal shampoo

  • Non-slip bathmat or old towel

  • Bath towel

Rabbits keep themselves very clean, but can require the occasional bath if they become especially dirty. Bathing is not recommended on a regular basis, as rabbits easily become stressed and are also prone to catching a chill and getting sick.

Purchase a shampoo formulated for rabbits or other small animals.

Fill a bathtub or sink with 1 inch to 2 inches of warm water. A bath in cold water will make your dwarf rabbit sick, while hot water will burn the rabbit's skin.

Place your dwarf rabbit into the water. A non-slip bathmat or old towel can help your rabbit get better footing. Rabbits are easily startled and if your rabbit has more secure footing, it will make the experience less stressful. Keep your hand on the rabbit, holding it gently but firmly.

Wet your dwarf rabbit by pouring small amounts of water over its back using your hand.

Place a dime-size amount of shampoo onto the palm of your hand and rub the shampoo onto your dwarf rabbit, focusing on any stains.

Rinse your dwarf rabbit thoroughly in warm, clean water until no more soap suds run off.

Remove your rabbit from the bathtub or sink and wrap it in a bath towel to soak up most of the water from its coat. You can also use a hair dryer on the lowest setting to help dry the rabbit's coat.

Keep your dwarf rabbit away from drafts for at least a day to make sure its coat is completely dry. If you normally keep your rabbit in a hutch outside, keep it in a cage in the house.

Warnings

  • Never get water or soap in or on your rabbit's ears or eyes. When bathing your rabbit, it's best to avoid the face and head completely. Never point a hair dryer towards your rabbit's face and always keep the hair dryer about 2 feet away from the rabbit. If you notice your rabbit acting unusually and suspect it has gotten a chill, contact your veterinarian immediately.

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Marie Anne Haughey has been writing since 2003 and has been published in college literary magazines and newspapers, and on an investment research website, Taipan Publishing Group. She writes instructional articles online, specializing in games and hobbies, health and fitness, and animals. Haughey is a recent graduate from Stevenson University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English writing.