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    Yesterday I had a woman calling me about her longhair rabbit, first she told me she get him from her friend some days ago then she said the rabbit was not ok since he's matted.
    I explained rabbit are really nervous and sensitive so clipper noise and stress can be a problem. I don't really need a rabbit collapse on my table.
    I referred her to a vet when she said "I don't think he's feeling right since he got matts".
    Fine end of call.
    20min after, my phone rings, it was her again trying to get another groomer at the phone. The worst part is she'll probably find one but surrounded by dogs, in an unknow area, the rabbit will be stressed out, and who knows what they'll find behind the matts.

    People never listen when I told them to go to the vet, but they listen the vet when he says a dog shouldn't be groomed before to be 8 month old.

  • #2
    I feel sorry for the rabbit.

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    • #3
      I read many times, including on this board, that rabbits are easily stressed and they get diarrhea and can die from dehydration. Plus, their skin is even thinner than cats'. You did the right thing for declining to groom this rabbit, especially matted. I am imagining she is trying to save money since going to the vet will probably cost her more than finding a groomer who will agree to do it, but in my mind it is not worth a risk for you as a groomer.

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      • #4
        Impulsive people.

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        • #5
          I've seen breeders of Angora rabbits clipping their rabbits for their fur but we're not matted at all! I noticed skin is way thinner, even if she wasn't hurry I wouldn't accept to groom him.

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          • #6
            She might be better off finding a rescue group or a rabbit fancier group that works with rabbits. They might know someone who is skilled in grooming rabbits. I did a training session for a lovely woman who works with rabbit rescue. She just needed to learn about professional grooming tools. She was experienced in handling rabbits, so knew how to work with them already, but she wasn't aware of the different clippers and combs.

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            • #7
              I agree Emma I wondered too about finding a local rabbit group.

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              • #8
                I've done a severely matted rabbit when working at a clinic under the direct supervision of an exotic small animal specialist. It was one the humane society brought in from a hoarding situation. Even with trained techs and a vet right there with me, we used anethesia because he was stressed. Not only can they have heart attacks, but they can easily break their back from a wrong move to avoid the clippers.

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                • #9
                  Ever heard anything more Frenchie?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by violet2 View Post
                    Ever heard anything more Frenchie?
                    From the woman ? No.

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