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I was looking over bud after i cleaned out his cage and he hasnt been cleaning himself too well....right around his tail there is (was, i cut it out) a wad of poo and his feet were stained with urine. I gave him a foot bath (soaking really) and cut the mats out. It's gotten to the point where I have to do this atleast once a week. I don't know if it is just old age or what. I'm gonna call the vet in the morning..and get an appointment.
Is there a safe soap to use on his butt and tail area...or should I just use warm water and scissors?
Use a hypoallergenic, non-medicated shampoo. Most popular shampoos for humans--including baby shampoos--are not recommended for use on rabbits, as they can contain harsh ingredients that are rough on delicate rabbit skin. Pet shampoos containing pyrethrins and other "herbal" or "natural" insect-killing ingredients are not recommended, either. Plants make toxic compounds to kill their herbivore pests, and just because something is "herbal" or "all natural" doesn't mean it's safe for a bunny! The best shampoo (for you or your bunny) is an organic, environmentally-friendly (and cruelty-free) product with emollients to soothe the skin, with as few additives as possible. (Bunny-safe shampoos are easy to find at natural food stores or other vendors that sell environmentally friendly products. Read the label and be a smart consumer.)