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soundsgreektome Fri 15-Dec-17 20:53:34

I've just had to trim the underneath of our lop boy bunny. His bottom was caked in faeces. I've managed to snip away and remove all the mess. Looks much better.

Except I've snipped his skin. On his tummy. There's a wound about 3 mm. It's bled a little. I smeared on some sudocrem. Is there anything I can do till I can get in touch with a vet?

TroysMammy Fri 15-Dec-17 21:00:58

I had a male rabbit years ago and did exactly the same thing but I had small pet antiseptic cream. He was fine and didn't need the vet but I was subsequently much more careful.

Cheeseislife Fri 15-Dec-17 21:01:33

Cornflour will stem the bleeding/help it clot. Is he an indoor rabbit? He will likely heal very quickly but should have pain relief (metacam/loxicom)

Do you know why he's messy? Is it his diet or his mobility? What's his weight and age?

MrMeSeeks Fri 15-Dec-17 21:03:14

Id clean with salt water to keep infection out.
I've frequently had to clean wounds.
Poor bunny, but easily done!
Don't feel too bad!
Mine used to always be like this, till i changed his diet.

soundsgreektome Fri 15-Dec-17 21:05:52

Thanks both. I was being so careful, I feel awful.

I'm not sure why he's started to be messy, he's a big boy and he does feel to have put on weight. I'm wondering if he's not managing to clean and not eating the soft poo like he should be. Now he's all clean again, I'll start monitoring him.

soundsgreektome Fri 15-Dec-17 21:08:54

He's nearly four I think. What did you change in the diet MrMeSeeks?

He's a bit slack in the grooming department, he has a wife who does that for him. Obviously she's refraining from his undercarriage!

MrMeSeeks Fri 15-Dec-17 22:06:52

Ours always had wet poos after eating fresh food, ( no matter what they were) so i make sure i add more grass everyday and i give a lot of herbs, (coriander, mint, parsley) and veg only a little couple days a week.
If it's a new thing i'd check with the vet incase it's a health/ or pain problem if he's an old boy.
I've had to bathe mine before,and cut fur so i understand the pain! grin

littlemisscomper Fri 15-Dec-17 22:10:23

Poor bunny! A fenugreek crunchie or 2 and I'm sure he'll forgive you. Is he eating hay well? A messy bottom can be the first sign or dental issues, which rabbits are sadly prone to. He may need to get his teeth burred under anesthetic. Keep a close eye on him to make sure he's got his usual appetite, because if he goes off his food that's really serious and he needs the vet asap.

soundsgreektome Fri 15-Dec-17 22:24:26

He's never been a big hay eater. I will cut down the veg, he does eat a lot of herbs and has Selective bunny food. Might book a check up at the vets to look at his teeth to rule that out, they were perfect a few months ago.

He was my friend instantly. He's such a softy.

littlemisscomper Fri 15-Dec-17 22:31:18

My rabbits used to have terrible squishy poos until I discovered the 'Hay and vegetables diet' - literally that, no pellets whatsoever but limitless hay (you can get all these fancy pants varieties, check out www.thehayexpert.co.uk) and a bowl of fresh veggies morning and evening. The veggies never seemed to upset them, just the pellets.

It shouldn't be an issue at this time of year but keep an eye on his botty, check it every day, because he's at risk of fly strike when the blow flies come.

littlemisscomper Fri 15-Dec-17 22:32:38

Sorry, my posts sound all doom and gloom - check this/beware of that - I just want to advise in case you don't know this stuff already! I learned through bitter experience with my buns.

soundsgreektome Fri 15-Dec-17 22:52:00

Littlemisscomper It does sound doom and gloom! We know that buns are not easy pets. My DD17 is their owner. She does very well with them, and loves them and we've done lots of research. They're both rescue buns, and haven't given us any probs till now! Poor old Eric.

MrMeSeeks Sat 16-Dec-17 00:38:48

Checking teeth is good, they can grow spores around their teeth.
You could cut their veg down, what veg are you feeding them?

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