View Full Version : Sore Hocks got worse

04-01-2009, 08:44 PM

Molly's hocks were getting better a little while ago. The fur was starting to grow back and everything, but today, I have found that most of the fur on her hocks have gone. It's sort of dark pink, not red or bleeding. I don't know what more I do to help stop the sore hocks. They have hay everywhere they go, in their run, hutch, litter trays, on top of their house in their run. I really don't know what's causing it or how to stop it. I think the grass (which they go on in summer) is softer for her so hopefully that'll help, but they aren't going on there until April. Is there anything else I could do?

Sparkle x
04-01-2009, 08:46 PM
Apply a barrier cream? :)

04-01-2009, 08:47 PM
She had a cream which had steroids in it, that I put on when it was quite bad, bleeding and really red. I'd rather not have to every day put a cream on to stop it if I can.

Sparkle x
04-01-2009, 08:51 PM
She had a cream which had steroids in it, that I put on when it was quite bad, bleeding and really red. I'd rather not have to every day put a cream on to stop it if I can.

Couldnt you apply Suda cream? Would that help? Or is she sore in general from everything? Not just in the run?

I ask, as Violet (rex) suffers from sore hocks, she was overweight when she was rescued (Honeybunnies), so we have to monitor her weight. I also house her in a shed with a deeep bed of straw and hay and the floor is lined with lino.

When i put her in the run i apply sudacream, just incase, had no problems so far.

04-01-2009, 08:56 PM
You shouldn't put steroid cream on skin for to long as it thins it.Have you tried flamazine cream twice daily?Maybe put rubber matting on the floor of their run,you can get it from from Ebay at a very reasonable price

04-01-2009, 09:05 PM
One thing that also helps is to keep the back claws as short as you can, if they are too long the weight is pshed onto the hock, making things worse. Doing this really helped an old buck of mine whoses hocks used to bleed sometimes when they were very bad, despite using creams and lots of bedding.

04-01-2009, 09:12 PM
We had this with 2 mini rexes we had here with us... we were told to put sudocream on :) Vikkivet on here now has them and has said theyre now cleared up :) The only thing she did differently was put them onto lino, whilst with us they were on thick hay :? Maybe you could PM her, im sure she wouldnt mind :) xXx

04-01-2009, 10:00 PM
Howdy, found the thread! yeah i have to admit i was kind of lucky with my girls. their hocks werent very sore when i got them from Becky, and i put sudocrem on them every day for about 2 weeks. Now they each have a tiny bald patch but its not red or inflammed, you can poke it and they dont mind so i am guessing not sore any more! :oops::lol: So i am just keeping an eye on them. I agree about short claws/nails.

The lino i used was leftover from doing our kitchen and is textured and cushioned (mum wanted comfy bare feet :lol:) so i am guessing that helped. they dont have a general layer of straw or hay, but when they are not running around they lie down in a plastic dog bed filled with hay and straw, to keep the weight off. I agree with the suggestion of rubber matting, or that play matting that looks like jigsaw pieces (saw some in B&Q the other day) under the hay for extra cushioning.

a combination of cream and matting should work, with perhaps extra softness wherever they like to flop out or sleep. hope that helps

04-01-2009, 10:08 PM
What would happen if she licked the sudocream on her feet? There is plastic mats underneath the hay. It's everywhere that could be a problem. Milly chases her so probably putting a lot of pressure on her feet to move quickly out of the way. I don't think she's finding it very sore as she's happy in herself, eating and pooing fine, and she sits on it a lot. I haven't tried touching it yet, but will tomorrow. I'll take a closer look at it.