Your Rabbit Stinks!

You spend the entire day cleaning and scrubbing your rabbit’s cage, litter tray and all the accessories in it. But somehow your nose still detects that funky musky smell. What is wrong with your rabbit you wonder.

Besides from the regular nail clipping and ear checks, you should remember the SCENT GLANDS. Rabbits have 3 scent glands. One under their chin and two in between their genitals and poop hole. When you see your rabbit rubbing its chin on something, it means he/she is using the scent gland under its chin. You do not normally need to clean this gland under the chin.

The funky odor normally comes from the pair of scent glands located at the vent area. Where exactly are these scent glands and what should I clean? Flip your rabbit over and follow the diagrams below. You will soon find the source of your odor problem.

scentgland

You will soon find some secretion build ups which are brownish. I normally use cotton soaked in lukewarm water to clean up these 2 regions. When my nose detects the funky musky smell, I will repeat the process.

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6 responses to “Your Rabbit Stinks!

  1. I’ll check my bunnies scent glands today!

  2. azian9100

    I always do clean this thing out from koko and late milo last time. But have no idea what that was. And forget at all wanna goggle or ask anyone about it. Lucky TLR give us all the info..Wonderful Blog It is.

  3. My lower lips bled last nite while trying to put daddy on his back to check his scent glands! He kicked me on my face, LOL!

  4. azian9100

    Nicol.. funny lah you.. hahaha..your finger bit by mummy dinky.. and now you lip kick by Daddy…
    and i cannot stand here in TLR blog so..long… very2 cold with the snowy..
    but what is funny about this snow is… they fall follow where my cersor go.. hehehe…

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