Rabbit Ear Tattooing

20160121_181259Tattooing rabbit ear numbers… Tattooing rabbit ears is yet another part of showing rabbits that I have come to love / hate. I use a KBTatts gun because the clamps freak me out. I can’t say which process hurts less for the rabbit, but the clamp is probably quicker. The reason I use the tattoo gun is because I think the numbers come out cleaner, easier to read and last longer. I’ve had to re-do more than one ear tattoo that was done by clamps. As for consistency, there have been a few twitchy kits whose numbers have changed on the fly – when a B started looking like an 8!

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Pre tattoo, nervous and giving me the stare down.

I’ve tried Ambesol and tattoo numbing cream, neither of which  seems to work very well.
My current method is to place a frozen water bottle on the rabbit’s ear for 30 seconds, alcohol clean, wrap them up nice and tight in a Wrappit, and get it done.  You can see in the pictures what a rabbit looks like in the Wrappit sleeve. I ordered all 3 sizes with custom embroidery from Ms. Annie- Pier Raymond, definitely one of my best rabbit purchases EVER.

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This is post tattoo, back legs hanging out and thoroughly irritated with me.

I have found the best age to tattoo ears is 7-8 weeks old. With two people helping, it takes about 45 minutes to do ten ears.
After it’s done, I rub on some A&D and off they go!!

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