Caring for Your Bunny’s Ears

Bunnies are certainly super adorable. One of Floppy’s cutest traits are her ears. Taking care of your furry friend’s ears is very important to her health and well-being! Read on as a local Tipp City, OH vet discusses bunny ear care.

Basics

Bunnies have extremely sensitive ears. This helps alert them to predators in the wild. However, it’s easy for mites and bacteria to gather in Floppy’s ears. This can lead to dangerous infections! Bunnies with lop ears are particularly at risk, because the shape of their ears creates a moist environment that germs, yeast, and mites can thrive in.

Preparation

Make sure that your fuzzy buddy is in a relaxed state before you try to clean her ears. If your pet likes to sleep on your lap, this may be a good time. You may want to play with Floppy a bit, or give her a special treat to perk her up. Rabbits don’t care to be held high off the ground, so sit on the floor, in a spot with good light, or put Floppy on a table. Get your cute pet to being touched and having her ears handled before you try cleaning them. Offer your cute pet lots of treats and praise to keep the experience positive.

Keeping Floppy Calm

Your rabbit may get uneasy or frightened as her ears are being cleaned, especially if she hasn’t been through the process before. She might try to struggle. She might also get upset when you remove debris from her ears, as this can be uncomfortable. You may want to have someone else hold her. Some signs of stress include biting, screaming, or scratching. If your bunny is struggling, and/or is showing any of these symptoms, just let her go and try again another time.

Cleaning

Ask your vet to demonstrate proper bunny-ear-cleaning techniques. When cleaning Floppy’s ears, you’ll need to be very gentle. Never push anything into your pet’s ear canal! Hold your pet’s ears carefully, and then use a pet ear cleaning solution and a cotton ball to gently clean her ears.

Tips

When you clean Floppy’s ears, look for signs of infection, such as redness, swelling, discolored wax, or foul odors. If you notice anything unusual, call your vet immediately.

Please contact us, your Tipp City, OH vet clinic, for your bunny’s veterinary care needs. We are happy to help!

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