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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-06-2007, 03:52 PM Thread Starter
 
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Sore hocks...

Little Lily's hocks look like they're about to get sore. She has little pink spots, where the fur has rubbed away, on her hocks.

Lily is a house rabbit so always walks on carpet. Short of having the whole flooring changed is there anything I can do to prevent this?

Also, assuming they dont infected, or affect the way she is walking, do they need veterinary attention?

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-06-2007, 10:58 PM
 
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This is a very normal thing. As long as they don't get swollen or infected there's not much you can do.
Even indoor rabbits can get those little pink hocks, allot of my bun's have the spot, but have never had any issues. Some of them are rescues that came from outdoor situations.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-07-2007, 10:27 AM
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Your rabbit sounds fine - it's very common for rabbits to get areas on their feet where there is no fur, so just the pink skin shows. That happened to Zeus and he's never been in a wire cage in his life. As long as it's not an open wound, and doesn't seem to be bothering her, it should be fine. However, wire cage bottoms arn't the only causes. Standing on damp cage bottoms, wet beds or dirty littlerboxes can also lead to this problem. Also, overweight and large breed rabbits, as well as rex breeds of rabbits are more prone to get sore hocks.

Sometimes they just develope calluses on their feet - this is what Zeus has. Again, as long as it is not an open wound, or swollen, or bothering the rabbit, then it's fine.

This is from the House rabbit society website...

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Here are some of the suggestions on Kathy Anderson's checklist for maintenance of rabbits with foot problems (sore hocks).

- soft surfaces, not linoleum, hardwood, or cement
- use fake sheepskin for cage bottoms, not bathroom rugs with
rubber backing
- keep bunny off wet surfaces
- check feet daily
- apply cooled tea bag (compress) to hocks to toughen calluses
- litter soft, yet absorbent: try Carefresh s or Cat Country on the
bottom topped with a large scoop of Carefresh (paper pulp litter)
- outdoor playpen: line with 6 inches of soft, clean, short-cut,
yellow straw
- keep toenails clipped short.
- disinfect cages regularly


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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-07-2007, 11:35 AM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks guys - didnt think it would cause a major problem, ill keep an eye out!!
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-07-2007, 05:45 PM
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I just found two little pink spots on Penelope's feet. I had thought that I got her with them and had never noticed before. Now I am not so sure. She is also in a room with carpeting. She is not cage kept. I change her litter box daily. She is definitely not overweight. They are not open or weeping at all. They just look like little round calluses. I feel bad I blamed her old mom!

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-07-2007, 07:12 PM
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Don't worry, I think it is pretty common for them to have calluses on their feet. I mean, it makes sense - they're on their feet alot and they don't have pads or anything on their feet like some other animals do. Zeus has them and the bunny I had before him had them too.


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