Boarding and Grooming Services
Fees are listed below.
Bunnies need to be groomed! It is so important to their health! You can groom a bunny! Don't be intimidated. Call me for a free encouraging talk to get you started!
DON'T be afraid of your bunny. Be firm and loving and never let them get away with scaring you. You are probably 10 times bigger than your bunny and there is no need to fear him or her.
Even if they bite you or scratch you, they aren't going to kill you. If you worry about getting scratched, have an old sweatshirt nearby and wear it when handling your bunny.
If you learn how to groom YOUR own bunny ~ you may be able to help others as well!
WE DESPERATELY NEED PEOPLE TO EDUCATE BUNNY OWNERS AS SO MANY DONT UNDERSTAND HOW AND WHEN TO GROOM THEIR BUNNIES.
Grooming info and prices are below boarding info.
I am having trouble with arthritis and can't groom as much as I used to. If you need to have your bunny groomed, and can't reach me, please call someone from the list below. They are all bunny lovers and bunny groomers!
- Liz at 818 744 2401 (text preferred)
- Yvette (323) 377 - 0585
- Annat: 818 439 9919 (for shearing angora's)
- LARabbits.org (every Saturday..check their website) LARabbits.org
- Bunnyluv.org does some grooming in North Hollywood
- Bunnybunch.org (in Montclair and Fountain Valley)
- Rabbit Inc (in Paramount)
- Bunnyworldfoundation.org (offers classes on grooming)
- " (also does some grooming on weekends at Pasadena Petco- call for info)
About Boarding / Prices:
For stays longer than a week, I have a special weekly rate.
Number of Bunnies: Daily Rate / Weekly Rate
1 $15 $100
2 (in same cage) $20 $120
2 (in separate cages) $30 $200
3-4 (in same pen) $25 $150
When boarding, you will need to provide:
- Your bunny’s pellets *(unless they eat Adult or Young Rabbit Oxbow..I carry both of those.)
- Your bunny’s hay, if you feed your bunny hay other than oat or timothy
If boarding with me for the first time, please send me the following information about you and your bunny/bunnies. Email it to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Your bunny's schedule, when s/he eats, what s/he eats, what treats s/he likes and what kind of greens s/he prefers.
- The information about where you'll be, your vet, any pertinent information, etc.
- Please put in your home address, phone number, cell number and email address.
- Tell me what kind of environment your bunny lives in at home: cage, pen, free roam etc. and if there are things about his or her personality I should know, wether good or bad. :)
Optional: Bring a special toy or something that smells like you if you want. This helps them feel safer and happier while they are with me because something familiar or something that smells like you is nearby.
To pay for any of these services, I take:
PayPal.com (see below)
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PLEASE Click on Gift. If you don't click on "gift" it charges me a fee.
That will be added on to your bill if you forget to hit gift.
If you live more than 20 miles from me, I charge extra for gas and drive time.
At Your Home:
Bunny Grooming/Regular Bunny $50 + gas
Bunny Grooming/Long Haired Bunny $100 + gas
At My Home:
Bunny Groom/Regular Bunny $40
Bunny Groom/Long Haired Bunny $100
Grooming Class/Private $75
Grooming Class/Group $25 per person
Photo Session $20
Teeth Filing $20
How long will a grooming take?
Grooming your bunny can take about an hour+ for a regular rabbit. (Angora rabbits and long-haired bunnies require more time, sometimes 3-8 hours!) You may have to leave them with me for the day for a long groom.
What does a grooming include?
A full grooming includes brushing and combing your bunny. It also includes checking the cuticles, trimming and filing all 18 of your bunny's nails, checking the ears and teeth, and cleaning out the scent glands. It may also include trimming some dirty fur.
A regular groom can also be just a full brush and nail trim plus scent gland cleaning. It depends on the groomer. Always ask the groomer what they do.
Will you teach me how to groom my bunny?
I can teach you how to groom your bunny if you would like to come here for a session. You can make an appointment with me and must be willing to spend two hours with me learning and practicing. I charge less if you get a group together and all come at the same time.
My bunny has teeth issues, can you help with those?
If you have a bunny with maloccluded teeth (incisors and peg teeth), I can help you understand the problems having to do with that, and if the issue is just incisors/pegs I can trim and file them.
I can also recommend a great dental vet (in Southern California) if the problem is one where the teeth should eventually be removed. Some bunnies have maloccluded teeth that grow slowly and can be controlled with trimming and filing, but others have teeth that grow so quickly that the constant trim/file becomes stressful and they would be much happier and healthier having them removed.
($20 for teeth cutting)
Do you do consultations?
I do consultations where I come to your home and see what your set-up is and help you with any issues you have with your bunny (behaviorally, nutritionally, etc). I can tell you the best and least expensive things to do, not only for having a wonderfully happy healthy bunny, but also for being a happy and satisfied bunny owner!
I welcome a donation (towards my gas and time) if you are happy with my information and help.
I also can help you with which foods and hay are best for your bunny, where the best prices are, and what you need and do not need to have a happy bunny! I am happy to spend an hour or more talking to you about any bunny-related questions you might have.
You can also come to my house (for free) and see the kinds of set-ups I have for my bunnies. I have had from 1 to 63 bunnies living in my home at once, and have come up with the fastest, best and easiest ways to care for them! I am always happy to share any of this information with you!
I need my bunny boarded while I am away. Do you board bunnies?
I board bunnies if you need boarding while you go on vacation. Fees are listed above.
Rabbits can act as if they’re hardy creatures, but they are, in fact, extremely delicate-from their skin to their spines to their external systems. Care must be taken to maintain their good health. The following basics are necessary to know in order to groom rabbits safely and to help keep them healthy. For information specifically geared towards the caring for long-haired rabbits, see the reprint of the House Rabbit Journal article, “The Well-Groomed Rabbit.”
Rabbits shed about every 3-4 months in California. Every alternate time they’ll have a lighter shedding that may not be as noticeable. Next they’ll have a heavy shedding that is very noticeable because hair will be everywhere. Rabbits are mostly fastidious groomers. They insist on being clean and tidy and will lick themselves like cats, and like cats, they can get hairballs when they ingest too much hair. Unlike cats however, rabbits CANNOT vomit. If hairballs are allowed to form they can become masses of tangled hair and food and can form a blockage in the tiny colon system or block the stomach exit, causing the rabbit to starve to death quickly, while his stomach appears to be very fat. Rabbits need to be brushed at least weekly. In addition to removing any loose hair, this weekly brushing session helps prepare them for the multiple daily brushings that they must undergo when their heavy shedding begins. Rabbits will shed in different ways. Some rabbits will take a couple of weeks or more to loose their old coat of fur. Other rabbits will be ready to get rid of their old coats faster and these rabbits are the ones that cannot be neglected once they start shedding. You can often remove a very large percentage of hair by just pulling it out with your hand. Remove it slowly and surely or your rabbit will do it during his grooming time. Bald spots on rabbits can be okay but it is better if the new coat is already coming in underneath. Some Angora's will get bald spots for instance because their hair just seems to fall out....just comb a bit every day rather than all at once. Be gentle and slow and your rabbit will enjoy a groom as if it were a massage. If these bald spots occur from shedding, they will begin to grow back within a week or two. If you are pulling the hair by plucking and you see the skin is bald, slow down and try to wait a day or more till the new coat is coming in so the bunny will have at least some fur on the skin. It can be quite cold for bunnies if they have bald spots.
These types of rabbits are truly wonderful to look at, but require a lot more attention than their short haired cousins. We recommend that you use your scissors or safe shears and keep their hair trimmed to one inch or less, otherwise you may be fighting hairballs most of the time. Angoras and Woolys tend to matt terribly under their armpits, under their chin and in the groin area......keep those areas short all the time and you and bunny will be much happier!
If you are not comfortable with the above you can have someone, maybe your veterinarian, show you how to do all of the above tasks.
Fleas and Mites
Safe treatments to prevent and kill fleas on rabbits include Advantage (imidocloprid),
Program (lufenuron) and
the best one for me has always been Revolution.
(Note: Advantage has been known, rarely, to irritate the skin of certain rabbits.) The latter is preferred, as it is also effective against various types of mites that cause symptoms of mange, ear canker, and “dandruff” (which is often caused by fur mites in the genus Cheyletiella). These products are available from your rabbit-savvy veterinarian.
We use 0.4ml per rabbit of Advantage.
For Revolution, we use the kitten dose if your rabbit is less than 5 pounds and apply it between the shoulder blades once a month for at least three doses.
Revolution is usually dosed at 6mg/kg.
If you have the 60mg/ml solution (i.e. the kitten solution), use 0.1cc per kg of body weight (1kg = 2.2lb).
If you have the 120mg/ml solution, use 0.05cc per kg of body weight.
You’ll need a tuberculin syryinge (no needle!) from your vet to measure such a small quantity of liquid.
Apply to the back of the neck or other area where the bunny can’t readily groom it off.
If you have two bonded rabbits, they must be separated for 2-3 hrs after having revolution or other meds put on them so their partner won't lick it off them. It is toxic to ingest.
It is essential to thoroughly clean your rabbit’s cage and exercise areas after each treatment to control reinfestation, since fur and dander in the environment may contain mite eggs.
A flea comb is a non-toxic device that takes more patience, but is both physically and psychologically rewarding.
Most rabbits learn to love the attention of being flea combed, and it can be used as a supplement to your main flea-control program.
The following products should NOT be used on rabbits:
Frontline (fipronil) has been linked to neurological damage and death in rabbits, although this product is apparently safe for dogs and cats.
The manufacturer (Merial) has placed a warning on the Frontline label stating that Frontline should never be used on rabbits.
Flea powders, even those considered safe for cats and kittens or advertised as “rabbit safe”, are not recommended for use on rabbits. Flea shampoos, even those considered safe for cats and kittens or advertised as “rabbit safe”, are not recommended for use on rabbits.
Bathing of rabbits, in general, is strongly discouraged because the stress of the bath itself can cause serious health problems, and has in some cases been linked to the death of the rabbit. Flea baths or dips are NOT recommended for this reason. For environmental flea control, sprays and “bombs” are not recommended, as they may leave harmful residue that the rabbit can ingest.
Safer alternatives include borax and diatomaceous earth, worked into the carpet where fleas leave their eggs.
Although a rare bunny may grow up swimming in the family pool and going on camping trips where she paddles around in the lake, the vast majority of rabbits, like their ancestors, do not relish getting wet. Even an occasional bath is quite stressful to the average rabbit, and is not recommended. NEVER–unless your veterinarian advises it to bring down a fever–should you give a sick rabbit a bath. Because seemingly healthy rabbits can have undiagnosed problems, it’s best not to subject them to the stress of a bath. If your rabbit is very badly infested with fleas, there’s a good chance that he is already compromised and may go into shock when bathed. There are many safe alternatives to flea control (see these under “Fleas,” above). Also, a thoroughly wet rabbit takes a very long time to dry, so spot cleaning the dirty area with an application of baby cornstarch (available at any supermarket in the baby section) (do not use talcum, as it is carcinogenic) and then gently combing out the dirt with a fine flea comb is better than a wet bath.
A wet rabbit can quickly become hypothermic. If your rabbit is wet to the skin for any reason, be sure to thoroughly (on low) ....blow dry the bunny until even the undercoat is dry and fluffy.
Normal rabbit body temperature ranges from 101oF – 103oF.
Because rabbit skin is very delicate, and rabbits are sensitive to heat, never use a blow dryer on a setting higher than “warm,” and constantly monitor the temperature of the air on the bunny’s skin by placing your hand in its path.
Rabbit skin is delicate and highly susceptible to cuts, so mats should not be cut off with scissors. Instead, use a mat splitter or mat rake to take the mass apart. Bunny fur usually requires a finer blade than most cats and dogs.
If you do cut or nick your rabbit and it is a small or superficial cut, just put some plain neosprorin on it so no infection occurs.
Do not use the neosporin with pain-killer added.
Scratchy, flaky skin with bald patches is usually a symptom of mites or, more rarely, an allergic reaction to fleas. Products described under “Fleas” will usually clear up such problems. A veterinarian should be consulted for such conditions as open sores, or chronic skin inflammation.
Rabbits have scent glands both under their chin (that’s what they use to mark items (and people!) when they chin things), and around their anus. When the anus scent glands build up, the rabbit often will have a strong musky odor. Its not a bad odor....just very strong. Nothing to be afraid of! (Nothing like dogs.) It’s simple to clean the glands, however. Simply dip a Q-tip into some warm water and hold your rabbit in a safe hold that gives you access to the genitals. Locate the two slits on either side of the rabbit’s genitals. Take the Q-tip and carefully swab away the yellow, brown or black debris/wax. It is similar to what we humans get in our ears. It should just take you a second and you’re done!
House rabbits who spend all of their time in homes with carpeting and linoleum periodically need to have their toenails trimmed, in the same way as dogs and cats. Because of risk of infection, and major pain! .....declawing is definitely NOT DONE for rabbits, and shouldn't be done in any animal! If excessive digging or scratching is a problem, then a large box of hay or straw, where bunny can pursue these activities, may help. If the padding (fur) on the feet is worn down, exposing inflamed or callused skin, then soft dry resting pads (rugs) should be provided. Exposed skin that becomes urine burned or broken is very likely to infect. Take extra care that rugs and litterboxes are kept clean and dry.
A rabbit with a urinary infection or a disabled older rabbit may not be able to project urine away from the body. The result may be saturated fur around the hindquarters. For milder cases, shave the areas that get wet so the skin can dry (remember, rabbit fur takes a long time to dry), rinse the affected areas daily, and follow up with a dusting of baby powder or corn starch. For more infirm cases, disposable baby diapers-turned backwards so the tabs are up-do wonders for keeping the moisture away from the skin. (Huggies Step 2 work well for an 8 pound rabbit.)
Ear wax can be lifted out with a cotton swab, being careful not to push on wax in the canal, or you can try a mild ear cleaner containing Chlorhexadine, such as Nolvasan Otic. For ear mite infestation, apply a topical medication such as Mitox. The veterinarian may also prescribe Ivermectin.
REVOLUTION does a great job of clearing ear mites as well.
Rabbits teeth grow continuously and must be checked to ensure that they are wearing down properly. While you’re brushing your rabbit or clipping his nails also look at his teeth to make sure there is not a problem. Bunnies with straight teeth will keep them worn down with everyday gnawing and chewing. Buns with malocclusions, or crooked teeth, will need to have their teeth kept trimmed with a very small and sharp wire cutter. (there are some that work better than others) If this occurs and is left untreated, the rabbit will not be able to eat and could starve to death. It is also very painful for teeth that are growing directly into and thru the cheeks or tongue! Your veterinarian can show you how to clip a rabbits teeth or they can clip them for you.
Rabbits nails can grow to be very long and sharp and will be very uncomfortable for the rabbit and for you. With too long nails, they can no longer run and jump without it hurting or sometimes the nail breaking off painfully and permanently. If the rabbit has light colored nails they are very easy to trim. You can see the pink blood inside the nail and you clip above the pink (called the QUICK). With the dark colored nails it is harder to see where they should be clipped but it is still visible. Use a small flashlight and hold behind the nail on dark nails and the quick becomes easily visible! People are often afraid to clip nails for fear that they will cause the rabbit to bleed. Its better to learn howe to cut the nails....its very painful for the rabbit to live with overlong nails. You can purchase a product called Kwik Stop to keep on hand for this problem, it stops bleeding quickly....but I’ve found that just holding pressure with a cotton ball can work as well. Your veterinarian will also clip nails for you. They should be clipped every 6-8 weeks.
Watery eyes or and eye discharge needs to be diagnosed by a vet. In addition to any medications or eye drops, the cheek needs to be kept dry and clean so the area will not become chafed nor the fur peel off. Clean tissues will absorb mild wetness. Ophthalmic saline solution (what people use with their contacts) carefully poured onto the cheek will crystallize the tears so that they can be removed with a clean flea comb. A touch of prescription anesthetic powder on a finger can be applied to the area if there are painful lesions.
Taken from the HOUSE RABBIT SOCIETY website:
Compiled with the assistance of Dr. Carolynn Harvey, DVM