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Title: Broken Foot/Leg!?
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Cassidy - July 19, 2010 11:22 PM (GMT)
My favorite baby has a really swollen foot and I don't know what's wrong or what she did to it...
user posted image < That right foot

It's really weird looking
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It's fat and her toes are held together
user posted image < On the right

She doesn't walk on it, she holds it up in the air...
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I don't know what happened to her foot! But what's wrong with it, did she break it? It's like a big ball and the bottom of foot, by her "heel". What should I do for her? She's eating and drinking fine.

ETA: Oh, and it doesn't seem to be hurting her... I tried squeezing and feeling her leg and foot... it feels so weird :o

Jesse L - July 19, 2010 11:27 PM (GMT)
Could she of got it caught in wire or something done it? I dont really know but if she is eating and drinking i would wait it out and see if the swelling goes down and it heals.

When my buck broke his foot i had to keep him in a carrier for 8 weeks to let it heal - but i felt really bad and he started to go nuts. When i let him back into his cage all he did was run around like a maniac.

Do they have a solid resting pad? LIke a peice of wood, or something? Maybe offer them that if they dont have it.

Cassidy - July 19, 2010 11:29 PM (GMT)
Their feet can't fit through the wire... but maybe on the side wire? I have no idea. And oh! We have a TON of these wooden square things. I could give them one of those... but wouldn't they slip around on it? Would they just need one of those to rest on it? xD

Yeah I'll just wait and see if it heals... she's eating a drinking and going to the bathroom, it just looks like it would be annoying! Poor bunny.

Jesse L - July 19, 2010 11:32 PM (GMT)
No - they dont slip around on it. They like it A LOT. My rabbits love them, and like to lay on them and rest on them. Its so they can get off the wire.

And - ya. She is obviously in a lot of pain if she is showing it like that. Being pray animals they dont show pain unless its really bad.

suburbanbunny - July 20, 2010 12:23 AM (GMT)
Could be a soft tissue injury around the joint, could be broken, could be a dislocation.

I've had junior hares dislocate their talus of the hock joint which looks similar to your baby.

I'd give the bunny 3-4 days and if the swelling goes down and its able to walk normally most likely a soft tissue injury, if not its probably a dislocation/break.

The baby's activity should be restricted in order to be better facilitate healing, ideally confined to a carrier so it can't move around alot.

Cassidy - July 20, 2010 12:52 AM (GMT)
Thank you so much for your help Whitney! :)

Tinkerbell Rabbitry - July 20, 2010 02:26 AM (GMT)
How is she?

Three Little Ladies Rabbitry wrote an article about how to treat a broken leg:

Cassidy - July 20, 2010 02:34 AM (GMT)
Ah, Three Little Ladies Rabbitry has everything. :lol:

(Gah I really want rabbitry to be a word!)

Anyways, she is doing good! I got a transport cage, put shavings in and lined it with hay, and gave her pellets and water and made her all cozy! But I don't think it's a broken leg from reading TLL Rabbitry's article. It might just be a soft tissue injury in her foot like Whitney was saying, or a dislocation of the talus thing... xD

EviesTulipsRabbitry - July 20, 2010 11:04 AM (GMT)
It might be a Hairline Fracture.

Run Wild - August 12, 2010 12:07 AM (GMT)
I know this is a really late reply, but I had a Mini Rex with an IDENTICAL injury. I couldn't feel any break or any dislocation so I took her to the vet and they told me what I suspected: Torn/Strained tendons in the leg. Could've jumped on it wrong, over extended her leg etc. I put her on an anti-inflammatory, lots of comfy cage rest in a solid bottomed cage and restricted her movement.

She healed right up.

Locket Lops - August 12, 2010 01:10 AM (GMT)
I agree with Run Wild. If she's weaned, definitely seperate her. She'd be able to just sit without being bothered by other rabbits. Make it nice and comfy for her, give her a basket or box with some towels. Give her some shallow, low dishes so she doesn't have to work to hard. It wouldn't hurt to give her some extra TLC as far as feeding. Maybe some oats and extra hay as comfort foods. I tend to give any sick rabbit some Bunny Gatorade just so I know they are getting enough electrolytes and water.

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