by Jamie Wardlow
Just when you thought you were doing everything possible to increase the survival rate of the young Holland Lop...
How many times have you picked up a young Holland and found its bottom to be caked with bowel movement? Why does this happen, and why does it not seem to be a big a problem in other breeds?
Answer: Because it is a Holland Lop! Just kidding, but seriously, young Hollands seem to have this long, lush, fine fur which has an affinity for soft bowel movements and night stool.
The age affected seems to be anywhere from four to ten weeks of age. You know the kind, the Holland that seems not quite as active as the rest of his littermates. He might be sitting in the corner. Low and behold, you pick him up, turn him over, and what do you find? Bowel movement caking up his genital area so badly that you wonder if any more can come out. If it's not caught soon enough, he's on his way to an enteritis problem. You've got one big stinky mess on your hands.
You could go and soak the mess off with warm water in the house. Who wants this mess in the house? The youngster usually ends up kicking poopie water everywhere. Not a pleasant task, right? And to make things worse, a lot of times you'll go out a few days later to find the little guy all caked up again!
Why not prevent this unpleasant chore? After all, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Take those babies and trim the fur from around the genitals. I usually trim off one to one and one half inches around this area. It will grow back in a few weeks, and you may need to trim it again. This will get them by the stage where they tend to have this problem. A second trim is not usually necessary.
Be careful while trimming not to cut any skin. Nexaband surgical glue works best if you have an accident. Ask your veterinarian about it.
HLRSC Official Guidebook - 5th Edition 2002